Saturday Oct 16th, 1pm - 3pm Eastern Time
Learn the ancient Japanese art of Shibori or indigo tie-dye. First students will learn techniques for tying, folding, and dipping your fabric. Then students will learn how to prepare a vat of indigo.
Due to social distancing this workshop will be a virtual workshop. I recommend setting it up in a place where you can get a little messy (due to the nature of indigo). If you can't go outdoors you can put paper or plastic down to protect the floor (that's what I do in my Brooklyn apt). If you can't set up and want to watch the demo, that is ok. Each student will get a pdf with instructions after the class.
Check out Catherine Ruhl's instagram for lots of shibori inspiration: @onyxmatter
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- a couple of 100% cotton pieces to dye. (ie t-shirt, pillowcase, tea towels, apron, quilting fabric)
- Bucket that can get stained
- Something to stir with
- Plastic or paper to put on the ground
- Rubber Bands and String
- Zoom account
Indigo Kit (please allow for delivery time if you want to participate):
All skill levels are welcome. Multiple pieces can be dyed in the vat and I would encourage you to invite friends to share supplies. I ask that each person purchases a ticket. Please contact me for questions! This workshop should be very fun!
We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not enough sign ups. In the event that we must cancel, you will get a full refund. This event will not be recorded, and you must be present to enjoy. Thanks!
Class was fun and very informative. I learned a lot and came away with some beautiful creations!
The class was too fast to follow based on the lack of setup details. Two stations are required: an ironing station with the laptop, then a second dyeing station with the water ready. I was scurrying about trying to keep up because I learn from doing, not from watching. The content was lightning fast and not really classroom-style teaching. If I wanted to watch a recorded video to learn, then I would have gone to YouTube. I signed up for a live class to follow along. There were several items that were not included on the supplies list like a drying rack, clean pennies, large paint sticks, and a respirator mask. The class materials should also recommend a number of items to dye. For instance, if there are 20 folds demonstrated then 20 towels should be recommended. I ran out of towels and had to use these napkins with a super thick seam that did not fold well. Avoiding thick seams is another tip for prep. The type of rubber bands was also important. Just really imprecise on the setup and materials list. It was a bummer to take the class as a result.
I got this class as a Christmas present for my brother, sister in law, and SIL's brother and we really enjoyed doing the class together! Highly recommend having some practice pieces of fabric on hand before going all gung ho on ready made clothes like we did, but we all came out with some really unique pieces that will definitely be a staple in our wardrobe
Amazing and informative course
Catherine did a fantastic job at introducing the multiple patterns and techniques of shibori indigo making. She effectively covered a ton of material that left me motivated to go for it and having fun with this ancient craft.
Such a fun class! Catherine was so knowledgeable. I loved it!
The instructor was clear, capable and gifted and she showed us many different ways to achieve our Shibori dye results. I don’t assign 5 stars as I felt that the class was a bit rushed and that more time could have been spent with us at the end while were dyeing our fabric. Although the instructor did ask if we had questions, by the time I actually started to use the indigo, and realized that I actually had questions (that needed to be answered in real time,) the class had ended.
This class was great - not a full five stars because there were some technical issues with the video at first, but it was a very informative class! There were so many techniques to see and learn about. Catherine walked us all the way through to making/mixing the dye and even unfolding to see the finished products. She was awesome! It might be good if there was a multi-series class that covers some of the more intricate techniques (thread work) and also some pointers on composition of larger pieces like tshirts.
It was great!! She went at the perfect speed!
Jane B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
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