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Introduction to Shibori and Indigo

Introduction to Shibori and Indigo

About the Course

Shibori is a resist technique in which fabric is given a three dimensional shape by processes such as stitching, folding and tying. The fabric is dyed in an indigo vat and later the threads securing the fabric are removed to reveal the pattern.

In this workshop Alex will introduce some basic stitch techniques such as hira-nui, ori-nui and awase-nui and show how these can be used to build more complex patterns. Participants will also learn about the principles of setting up and working with an indigo vat. You will take home a sampler of stitches and patterns as well as an organic cotton bandana dyed with botanical indigo.

The workshop is taught in small groups of maximum 6 people, so there will be plenty of opportunities for individual attention and asking questions.

One day workshop: Saturday 10am to 5pm

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials are provided, this includes fabric, needles, thread and use of the indigo vats for the duration of the workshop. Participants will receive a handout on the techniques covered in the workshop and on the basic principles of working with an indigo vat.

Tea, coffee and buiscuits are also provided. Please bring your own lunch.


Alexandra Hagen at Refold
Fort Cumberland
Fort Cumberland Road
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  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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This one day introduction to Shibori with Alex is superb - and has left me hooked!

Alex is a brilliant teacher able to skilfully tailor the tuition to differing levels of ability so both complete novices like me and more experienced textile artists can come away with beautiful pieces to be proud of. We concentrated on stitching techniques and also had a chance to do some folding and clamping before plunging our pieces into the mysterious indigo vat. Alex offers guidance and support in all the right places whilst encouraging students to try out their own ideas. Her beautiful vaulted studio is a peaceful and inspiring place to work and the day whizzed by. We took our still damp and tightly folded work home to dry overnight so opening them up the next morning felt like Christmas!

Highly recommended! I can't wait to go back.

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