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Indigo & Shibori Workshop: Dyeing for Blue

  • Purdy Natural 111 Mount Pleasant Ave London, ON Canada (map)

Description Indigo & Shibori Workshop is designed to share multiple ancient techniques that will delight and stimulate creativity in the world of blue. This will result in beautiful collection of hand dyed fabric samples for you to work with after class. This year the workshop is taking place at Purdy Natural's incredible outdoor courtyard located behind the shop. Indigo is the only plant source to get blue dye; it has been around for thousand years and used by civilizations all over the world. Learn how to create your own indigo vat and Shibori techniques that will give dynamic patterns and effects on your fabric. Let's discover the world of blue! The Workshop focuses in on ‘easy to use at home’, studio bucket dyeing methods that everyone can use and take away for further exploration as they develop their new skills. Workshop fee: $90 (includes instruction and material fee)

  • A comprehensive workshop handout is provided.
  • 1 M. of 100% Cotton, prepared for dyeing Sample Cloth included.
  • Please bring a large container to take home wet papers/fabrics, your lunch/snacks, wear appropriate clothing you don't mind getting dye on and a lawn chair/blanket to sit on.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own fabrics/yarns/threads/clothes to dye with.
  • Student may also purchase additional prepared cloth for $10 per metre, cash or purchase a blank woven (cotton with fringe) shawls (117 cm x 210 cm) for $50. Please indicate your desire to add this item to your workshop experience. It is important to register early, as there is a 15 person limit for each class. If you are registering later, please contact to see if there is still room. I encourage everyone to bring their own material if they wish, although it must be either cellulose or protein fibres. If some clothes have 5% spandex or 50% polyester that’s fine, we can work with — just the colour won’t be as vibrant. We can dye skeins of yarn for those who would like to knit with it. Please make sure your fabric is make out of 100% cellulose or protein fibre - those fibres are best for the dye to bind to the fabric. Please avoid synthetic fibres.

Cellulose fibres are produced from wood or plants, which includes; cotton, linen, rayon, viscose, flax, bamboo. Protein fibres are produced from animal hair/hide, this includes silk, sheep wool, leather, alpaca. Synthetic fibres are polyester, nylon, spandex.

Earlier Event: July 25
Later Event: August 22
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