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Shibori & indigo dye at Cowshed Creative, the Lake District National Park, near Windermere

Indigo Shibori at Cowshed Creative near Kendal and Windermere

About the Course

Opening 25 Aug. 2-metre distancing and smaller groups.

Shibori is the wonderful Japanese art of indigo resist dyeing. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of Shibori inspired folding, binding, clamping and stitching techniques. Dipped in indigo, you will create your own stunning patterns on fabric. Special measures will be in place to keep everyone safe

The dye process is simple yet exciting and you’ll be amazed at the range of patterns that are unfolded and revealed. Experiment with different techniques on small fabric samples, then work on larger pieces of fabric for a final project - a cushion cover or scarf.

No prior experience needed. If you want to try some of the stitching techniques some knowledge of sewing would be useful but not essential.

Textile artist Kate Reid trained at Central School of Art in London in textile design, which led to work as a freelance knitwear designer and textile specialist. She now runs her own successful costume hire company, designing and making bespoke costumes for both theatre productions and film. Kate is an inspiring teacher with lots of experience teaching Shibori at a variety of levels.

This workshop will be at Cowshed Creative, based in a traditional converted Lakeland barn at Browfoot Farm. The art studio is a stunning open plan space with plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing Lakeland landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere valley. Make it a special break and stay on the farm. Check out our website for available accommodation.

All our tutors are carefully selected professionals and experts with extensive teaching experience. Whilst this is a relatively new venture, George, who has set up Cowshed Creative, has many years of experience programming and running creative courses at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and for Cumbria Adult Education.

For details on how to book as well as info on this and other courses, take a look at our website (top right below the Ask a Question button)

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?

The workshop fee is £68 and includes a tasty 2 course lunch with home baked bread and cake and refreshments throughout the day. We like to finish the day with a cup of tea and slice of cake. Eat outside or enjoy lunch by the wood burner.

Dye, sample cloth & equipment are provided. A charge will be made for larger pieces of cloth/scarf - please check our website for additional info.


George Grange at Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses)
Browfoot Farm, Brow Foot Lane
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
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In-person course
- - #22635

A fantastic day in a wonderful venue. The workshop was really engaging and I absolutely love the ring I made. A lovely atmosphere helped by the venue host and the workshop leader. Would highly recommend and plan to go again!

Response from Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses):

So glad you had a good day and created something so special. Look forward to you coming again. Thank you!

In-person course
- - #22649

Such a fabulous day
Gorgeous surroundings, wonderful homemade food, friendly group of people and an amazing tutor with endless patience. We all made a spinner ring to be proud of and went away with new skills, new friends and happy hearts.
Thank you so much - can’t wait to come back again

Response from Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses):

Thank you for such lovely comments. It was great to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again.

In-person course
- - #22751

What a wonderful day....cold and wet June outside but a warm welcome at the Shibori Dye workshop despite our late arrival!
My 2 daughters and I really enjoyed learning about different techniques in the lovely company of other like minded crafters. We produced lots of samples following Kate's instructions, getting carried away in the process. A lovely lunch was provided followed by cake and refreshments from George. Can really recommend this course and great value for money. The only decision I must make now, what to do with the samples I produced....maybe incorporate into a quilt or some nice cushions! Many thanks to our lovely host and tutor and looking forward to visiting again at some point.

Response from Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses):

Thank you for such kind words. It was really fun to meet you and your daughters and we look forward to seeing you again.

In-person course
- - #22832

Fabulous day spent with great people at Cowshed Creative near Windermere.
Excellent tuition from the wonderful Kate who taught us lots of different techniques. I'm thrilled with my final cushion.
The day was thoroughly enjoyable with a lovely lunch and the roaring log burner warming us as we had tea and cake.

Response from Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses):

Many thanks for such lovely comments. We hope to see you again.

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