Shibori is the Japanese art of stitched and bound resist. It is a slow craft, often requring many hours of binding, stitching and pulling up of threads, followed by multiple dyeing processes. This and the variations in tension and preassure applied in construction mean that every piece produced is unique.
learn the traditional methods of this beautiful series of techniques and how to dye your creations in indigo to achieve a range of beautiful blues. You will be taught a number of traditional Japanese patterns, which can be modified to suit your own design. How to dye with indigo using a pre prepared vat as well as how to unpick your finished work to reveal your designs!
Why not really immerse yourself in the techniques and join next Tuesday's session! - Beginners Shibori 2 (a discount is offered when you book both sessions)
Tuesday 15th November, 6.30 - 9pm: Beginners Shibori (stitch resist techniques)
Tuesday 22nd November, 6.30 - 9pm: Beginners Shibori 2 (folding & clamping resist techniques)
Fabrications is honoured to be welcoming Rob Jones to teach this class! Rob is a textile designer specialising in the ancient Japanese art of Shibori, using stitch, bound and clamped resist techniques to create intricate patterns and textures on scarves, table linens and lampshades. He selects both new and vintage textiles, sourcing beautiful old kimono silk from Japan and vintage and modern clothes from the UK for his creations, made at his studio in North London. Rob has studied at West Dean College and under Bryan Whitehead in Fujino, Japan in 2014.
On completion of the class participants will confidently be able to:
- Have an understanding of key binding techniques and stitches used in Shibori
- Tie a 'Kamosage' knot, used in most bound work
- Use the key stitches: Running Stitch, Ori Nui and Maki-Nui to make a number of patterns
- Achieve beautiful traditional Japanese patterns:
Kanoko (dots of a fawn)
Hitta (bird binding)
Maki-age (stitched motifs)
Karamatsu (larch pattern)
Mokume (wood grain)
And a couple of secrets will be revealed!!
- Set up an indigo dye bath and how to get different shades of this lovely blue (indigo is a natural dye)
- Unpick your finished work to reveal your designs
The class is aimed at beginners but any and all levels are welcome!
YOU WILL NEED: Bring along some small textile articles to upcycle, eg napkins, t-towel, t-shirt, pillow case or 'fat quarters' ( NB: fabrics must be natural fibres, cotton or linen are ideal and must have been washed and dried in advance of the workshop. The fabrics can have a slight print on, which will get over dyed) There will also have some fabric you can use if you don't have anything of your own you'd like to Shibori!
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