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Shiborify your clothes
Thu 20 April 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 BST
Learn the ancient Japanese art of Shibori and bring an item of clothing to dye in indigo. You will learn traditional stitching and binding techniques, then, with help from your tutor, design stitch, bind and dye your clothing in indigo. You will leave with your own unique and personal fashion item. Suitable for complete beginners.
Over the 2.5 hour workshop you’ll master the following stitching and binding skills and learn all about indigo:
– The basic kamosage knot used to secure all bound work
– How to make the kumo (spiderweb) and tesugi (stripes) patterns using binding
– The three basic stitches – running stitch, ori nui (teeth) and maki nui (chevrons)
– How to create filled shapes (maki-age) using stitching and binding
– How to dye your fabrics in a genuine indigo vat
Instructions on how to create and maintain your own indigo vat at home will be provided.
Suitable for complete beginners. Please bring along one or two items of clothing you would like to dye. All other materials and tools are provided.
NOTE: If you are bringing a newly bought item of clothing that has not been through the washing machine it must have been washed. Otherwise the indigo dye may not take. Synthetic fibres cannot be dyed with indigo so please only bring natural fibres such as cotton, linen, wool or silk.
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!