Events

Beginners Shibori - Itajime

Craft Central The Forge, 397-441 Westferry Road Isle of Dogs London E14 3AE

Tuesday, January 23 2018 from 06:30 pm to 09:00 pm

Come and learn Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing using indigo, the most magical blue in the world. Learn how to use kikko folding and clamping before dyeing your piece in the indigo vat. You’ll walk away not only with a stylish bag, but also the knowledge and skills to dye other fabrics at home. Imagine all the other things you can dye!

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.

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 on the same piece to achieve different effects and different shades of blue on the same piece of fabric.

Sekka (snowflake) will be demonstrated.

You will be taught you how to unpick your finished work and reveal your designs.

You will also learn how to dye with indigo using a pre-prepared vat.

This course is aimed at beginners but any and all levels welcome.

Suitable for complete beginners. A good quality strong 5oz cotton tote bag is included in the price of the workshop. All other materials and tools are provided.

Please note that your finished piece will still be wet when you leave the workshop and will need to be washed separately at home to remove any remaining indigo. Once washed indigo dyed pieces are completely colour fast and can be washed safely in the washing machine in any coloured wash.

IMPORTANT: Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. Indigo splashes stain fabric!

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