We'll start with a trunk show of pieces that have been manipulated in a variety of shibori techniques and dyed in light blue to dark blue indigo vats. You will choose techniques to design your own and will make a blue bandanna or scarf using objects and tools from my toybox to manipulate fabric. The manipulated fabric will resist the dye when dipped in an indigo vat. The techniques are generically called shibori, the most commonly known as "tie dye", but there are many other ways to manipulate cloth. You will choose from blocks, clamps, string, mesh, needle and thread, and cylinders to design and create a pattern on cloth provided. Then it will go into the indigo vat for 10 minutes, and oxidize for 10 minutes after it is removed. It could be dipped again, with or without removing and/or reworking the resists. Experience the joy of removing green fabric from the vat and watching it magically turn blue as it oxidizes, then removing the resists to reveal the undyed white pattern. After oxidation, the cloth will be rinsed and ready to take home.
I have been working with organic cotton for over 30 years, first growing it, then spinning it, then on to weaving and finally dyeing it with natural dyes, many of which I grow in my front yard. My specialty is indigo; I grow Japanese indigo and am researching ways to use it simply and safely fresh from the garden. I am a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and teach cotton spinning, weaving, and dyeing internationally.
Apron and gloves plus cloth to dye and all toys needed for manipulating the fabric. And of course, a dark blue indigo vat!
We will work on the sheltered front porch of my home in Black Mountain, within walking distance to downtown, restaurants, and microbreweries.
Indigo + Shibori = Stunning!