In this 2-day workshop, you will learn to create and use an indigo dye vat, unlocking the mysteries of this pigment that has been used throughout the world for centuries, as well as the art of botanical printing.
On the first day, you will learn various ways of creating an indigo vat and will explore the art of shibori dyeing. Shibori is a Japanese technique of creating patterns by folding, using objects as resists and even stitching. There are infinite ways to manipulate fabric to create beautiful, unique designs and everything necessary to try numerous techniques is included. Each student will receive two 28" dish towels and a cotton tote bag to dye.
On the second day, we will add to our indigo-dyeing skills by combining indigo dye with botanical printing. You will learn to create permanent leaf prints on silk fabric using only the natural pigments in the leaves themselves. We will explore several botanical printing techniques and ways of combing the leaf prints and indigo to achieve different results. Each student will receive two 11 x 60" silk scarves to dye using different methods, as well as a similarly-sized length of cotton fabric.
You are welcome to bring additional small, light colored items to dye. Yarn, fabric, and finished garments can all be dyed. The dye vat is best suited for items the size of t-shirts or pillowcases and smaller. (Larger items such as fabric yardage, curtains, etc. can be dyed using shibori techniques resulting in a blue and white pattern. If desiring a solid blue outcome, it will be challenging with the size of vat we will be using.) Natural fibers (cotton, silk, wool, linen) work best, but blends with a small amount of polyester or nylon usually dye well. This is completely optional and items do not have to be new! Dyeing used goods with indigo is a great way to give new life to items that are dingy or stained. Don’t be shy - there will be plenty of dye!