Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Down and Dirty Indigo Dyeing

I've really taken to natural dyeing over the past few years and I am excited to finally teach a workshop at French General this summer.  As well as building up indigo vats in the back alley at French General,  we will be learning classic Japanese Shibori techniques, like twisting, binding and tying, to create resist patterns on fabric.  

After building the vats in the morning, we will spend a couple of hours sewing and clamping our patterns onto summer hemp cloth and silk scarves.  At noon, we will break for lunch and then in the afternoon, head out back to dip our fabric into the vats.  

Simple enough for everyone, down and dirty indigo dying is really a very simple technique that allows you to experiment with different fibers and see how they react to the indigo dye...I am always pleasantly surprised when I see my work after spending time creating the pattern.

If you would like to spend the day learning about this exciting process, please sign up here or call the shop, we still have a few spots open!  We provide everything you need for the workshop, just be sure to wear your blues!

1 comment:

paccana said...

:) Thank you so much for sharing this!! Cheers!