Come and enjoy a completely blue weekend or day…Indigo is one of my favourite dyes, as it has such an interesting history all over the world, the plants that are used and the recipes to create the dye vat and methods all vary. Indigo is the umbrella term for plants which give a blue and those plants exist in Europe, South American, India, Japan to name but a few. The process of dyeing with Indigo is so different from other dye plants the alchemy of the process is always a delight!
Over the two day workshop we will make up an Indigo dye vat and then spend the rest of the time using it to dye cotton to make stunning patterns and designs. Shibori, originates in Japan, and is a craft which uses stitching, folding, clamping and tying to create a resist, leaving stunning patterns in blue. I find stitching patterns very relaxing and the whole process is full of intrigue waiting to unfold or un-stitch the resulting pattern.
We will be mostly working with cotton, and you will have the chance to print on cotton bags and larger pieces of fabric -make swatches for quilting and larger pieces you could turn into a cushion or clothing at a later date. If you have pieces of cotton, linen or silk clothing you would like to update and print on, you are welcome to bring them along!
Courses normally run over two days from 10 am to 4pm on both days, but you can choose to join us for just one of the days. The price includes all materials, lunch on both days. We do not provide accommodation, but a list of local places can be found on our “Accommodation Pages” and include local B&B’s, a hostel, static caravans a campsite and self catering accommodation.
Day courses run from 10am-4pm.
If we don’t have any dates which suit you, let us know and we can arrange a workshop just for you and your friends or family.