Indigo dyeing & Shibori (3 days) in West Wales

Duration: 3 days (10.00 - 4.00)

Price: £435

Run by: Suzi Park
at Make it in Wales

01239 562007

Blaengors Farm
SA48 7QR

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About the Course

Retreat to a haven set in the coastal hills and spend three full days learning techniques in indigo dyeing and Shibori with Flora. Three days of professional tuition with Flora, learning techniques in indigo dyeing and Shibori. You’ll learn to make up the indigo dye bath as well as learning tying, pleating and folding techniques. We will then dye a whole load of lovely fabrics.

• Day 1 – Create Indigo Vats: We’ll meet around the table in the barn. Your ‘goody bags’ with materials will be waiting for each of you along with your information packs so that you can do less note taking and more dyeing. Flora will introduce herself and indigo dyeing; showing samples and inspiration. Learn how to create an indigo dye vat using Michel Garcia’s 1-2-3 method. Often described as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, this is a easy and environmentally friendly indigo method. We will go through the whole process from indigo or woad leaves, through to blue dyed cloth. Sharing the practical skills to make, dye with, maintain, and replenish an indigo dye vat, so you can confidently create your own vat at home.

• Day 2 – Indigo Dyeing: We will be exploring traditional japanese resist techniques, for creating patterns on textiles. We will be covering: Arashi (pole wrapping), Itajime (folding and clamping with wood blocks), stitch resist, and binding. These are all techniques that bind or block off areas of fabric, creating a resist pattern. We will go for a walk looking at wild dye plants that are growing all around us, harvesting plants that we can use for over dyeing.

• Day 3 – Overdying with Madder and Weld, and Wild Dyes: We will then explore over dyeing to create a spectrum of colours. We will use madder and weld. These are go-to stable sources of red, yellow, from which, combined with indigo, in theory it is possible to create all other colours through over-dyeing. You easily can grow your own madder, weld, and woad, making it a more sustainable process, and a lot more satisfying. These three dyes have been used since ancient times all around the world. The use of Weld as a dye was recorded by Pliny in AD 23. Cloth dyed with madder was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. Woad was used by Boudicca’s Iceni tribe as a face paint before battle. We will also use the wild dyes that we find growing around the venue. Such as oak galls, buddleia flowers, or dock seeds. Wild plants can be used for softer colours, aw well as some surprising bright ones!

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Enjoyed this course so much! Cath, the tutor, was amazing, patient, generous and knowledgeable. There was plenty of room (and a wood fire, which was greatly appreciated as it poured with rain for two of the three days). We were made very welcome, with lovely and interesting food in abundance, and interesting people from many different backgrounds.
The course was suitable for people completely new to dyeing, and those with experience. I'd do it all again in a second.

- - #9145

This was a very good course and lived up to all my expectations. The tutor was knowledgeable and very patient. It was great to get our hands into the dye and not worry about the mess. The venue was in lovely countryside and a perfect place to explore indigo dying. The food was excellent with everyone's needs catered for. Altogether three unforgettable days with lovely people and plenty of inspiration to continue with indigo and shibori.

- - #9070

Really great upbeat three days - relaxed but very industrious! Great to put time aside to dedicate to working with Indigo alongside like minded people. Tutor was really helpful and informative. Would recommend doing some preparation beforehand - shorting out items to dye, projects etc. Catering really good. An all round thoroughly enjoyable few days.

- - #5658

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was very well run, everything we needed was supplied and our course tutor, Cath Lewis was an inspiring teacher.
I had purchased some silk for dyeing but Suzi had brought silk, linen, cotton and wool and we tried them all. Cath actually taught us how to make an Indigo vat, not just how to use one and, after she had demonstrated lots of different tying techniques, allowed us to develop our own special interests. We all ended up with favourite materials and tried inventing our own patterns.
The food was lovely, and our hostess even very kindly made gluten-free meals for me.
All in all, it was brilliant. I thought it was a bit pricey at first, but looking back I got very good value for my money and I am very glad I did it. I would definitely encourage others to have a go. I am still dyeing, with indigo and now with Procion dyes as well, Cath opened a door for me and I am immensely grateful.

- - #5627

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 18th August 2018

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