This 2.5-hour session covers the range of Shibori techniques focussing 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. In addition, stitched Itajime uses stitch to create resist patterns on kikko folded parcels to create kaleidoscopic pieces. Free clamping and board clamped techniques using 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 to achieve different effects and different shades of blue on the same piece of fabric. You will dye a selection of samples to take home and then dye a cotton tote bag (included in the price) to take home. We will also learn about indigo dyeing, how to make and maintain a vat and how to achieve the best colour from repeated dipping.
I have extensive experience in traditional Japanese Shibori and other resist dyeing techniques using indigo and other natural dyes to create a range of unique pieces. I’m passionate about taking Shibori to a new level with new stitch techniques and a broad range of plant dyes to produce interesting and colourful textiles. I use daily meditation to put me in the right frame of mind to be creative.
Indigo and materials All the tools needed to create Shibori patterns including indigo dye, fabric & a white cotton tote bag…
We’ll be at my studio underneath an old railway bridge. It’s in Hackney near Broadway Market set in a warren of staircases and differently-sized studio spaces. It’s full of interesting and quirky items like a giant scuplted head, WW1 utility belts, a church pulpit, and even an old ostrich egg.
(Optional) an apron
If you have an apron, please bring it although I do have a few you can use. I suggest you wear old clothes as indigo will stain if it gets onto fabric.
Itajime pattern creation with indigo