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Shibori and Indigo Dyeing Workshop


Dates: Sat., May 6 and 13 10:00 – 3:00
Location: Boyle Memorial Community Centre
Instructor: Diny Warren
Registration Fee: Members – $115 Non-Members – $155
Material Fee: $45 – to be paid to instructor at first class

This is a 2 day workshop.
Day 1 – Shibori
Day 2 – Indigo dyeing

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What is Shibori?
The word Shibori comes from the Japanese verb Shiboru which means to wring, squeeze or press.
Fabric is compressed to block the dye from entering. This can be achieved in many different ways.
Folds and pleats can be placed randomly for a chance effect by scrunching, twisting or they can be arranged in a controlled way by folding, wrapping and binding.

Then there is the stitched Shibori where rows of small stitches can follow a draw line, follow a specific
shape. Pulling up the threads of hand sewn rows of small stitches create tiny folds.

Several techniques will be shown and applied on the first Saturday, May 6.
The most traditional and most common technique for dyeing Shibori is Indigo dyeing, which is what we
will be doing. Other dye methods can be used.

Saturday May 13, we will be using an Indigo Vat
You will be shown how to start the vat, how it comes alive and watch the magic happen when you dip
and carefully retrieve your pieces from the Indigo liquid.
Watch the colour change in front of your eyes. A sense of mystery and expectation always prevails no
matter how well you prepare your folding, clamping or stitching.

We will be using mainly cotton material in this workshop.
At the conclusion of the two days you will have :
Created an Indigo dyed Cotton scarf 22”x 72”, and two light weight cotton napkins 22”x22”, we can dip
some silk hankies. You will be able to bring some small cotton or linen items from home to dye, depending on the survival of the vat.

The knowledge to apply these techniques to other fabrics using different dyeing techniques.
Shibori and Indigo dyeing can be used on Silks, fine wools, linen, hemp.

Further instructions for the workshop will be provided to the class registrants closer to the workshop

    • COVID Protocol for classes
    • As of June 1, 2023 – Masks are welcome but not mandatory for the duration of each class
    • Compliance with any other Covid-19 protocols set by the East Lions Community Centre

    ***Cancellation Policy: Participants who cancel their registration up to 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  A participant who finds a replacement for his/her spot within 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  Cancellations within 1 month of workshops (with no replacement found) and “no-shows” will not be refunded.  If the Guild cancels a workshop for any reason, all registration fees will be refunded.  

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