Craft Central Shibori and indigo dyeing - Itajime Clamped Resist
Come and learn Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing using indigo, the most magical blue in the world. Learn how to use kikko folding and clamping before dyeing your piece in the indigo vat. You’ll walk away not only with a stylish bag, but also the knowledge and skills to dye other fabrics at home. Imagine all the other things you can dye!
This 2.5 hour session focusses on clamped resist techniques, known as Itajime and teaches you all about indigo:
This workshop will teach the three basic folding techniques for preparing fabric for clamp resist dyeing, known as "Kikko" – equilateral triangles, right angle triangles and squares. These can be varied in many ways to achieve different effects.
Free clamping and board clamped techniques usign a range of shaped boards and clamps will be covered and the tutor will demonstrate how these can be used to produce a number of varied patterns using indigo.
Different clamps can be used on the same piece to achieve different effects.
Sekka (snowflake) will be demonstrated.
You will be taught you how to unpick your finished work and reveal your designs.
You will also learn how to dye with indigo using a pre-prepared vat using high quality Mayan indigo.
This course is aimed at beginners but any and all levels welcome.
NOTE: Fabrics must be natural fibres, cotton or linen is ideal, and must have been washed and dried in advance of the workshop to remove any size.
Suitable for complete beginners. A good quality strong 5oz cotton tote bag is included in the price of the workshop. All other materials and tools are provided.
NOTE: You are welcome to bring a cotton item from home to dye as well. Good choices would be a cotton tee-shirt, plain white cotton shirt or blouse, an old cotton pillowcase or cotton/linen napkins.
NOTE: If you bring items from home they must have been washed. Otherwise the indigo dye may not take. Synthetic fibres cannot be dyed with indigo so please only bring natural fibres if you wish to dye your own items.
NOTE: Plain silk scarves and handkerchiefs will be available to buy and dye on the night.
Please note that your finished piece will still be wet when you leave the workshop and will need to be washed separately at home to remove any remaining indigo. Once washed indigo dyed pieces are completely colour fast and can be washed safely in the washing machine in any coloured wash.
IMPORTANT: Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. Indigo splashes stain fabric!