Saturday, August 30, 2008

Indigo Shibori Workshop with April Sproule and Linda Hartshorn

Date: September 19, 20,21, 2008 (Friday,Saturday, and Sunday)

Place: Sproule Studios, 357 Main Street, Fortuna, CA 95540

Fee: $160.00 + $15.00 Supply Fee

Registration: April Sproule ,Phone: (707) 725-9124


On the first day April will teach you the basic and intermediate techniques of shibori, the Japanese method of embellishing textiles and creating various patterns before dyeing. You will learn to create the various types of resist by folding, clamping, and wrapping your fabric. We will cover the arashi, itajime, and kumo styles of shibori as well as many others.

Indigo is a natural blue dye that is traditionally used in Japanese shibori. On the second and third days Linda will show you how to prepare the indigo vat and guide you through the process of dyeing your prepared fabrics. The great advantage to having two days to dye your fabric is that you will have a chance to see the finished results and continue working in the area that most interests you.

We had several dye vats going simultaneously. It was hard to wait to see the results.

This is an example of the Arashi shibori. i love the variation of the blues in this piece.

Here is one of the folded and clamped pieces that was dipped more than once.
This is just one of the many pieces that we did with hand stitching.

Here are just a few of the incredible fabrics the students created. The variety was astounding.