Saturday Jan 7th, 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!
The class met my expectations. It was very well presented the instructions were easy to follow. We had excellent examples of the finished products. So I was able to see that the task is dooable. Catherine was very knowledgable of her subject.
Catherine did a great job explaining the process. I’ve did a lot of dyeing during the summer of 2020 using kits. She gave me confidence to move on to mixing my own batch. The folding was really helpful. I would take other classes from her.
Great class, it’s everything I wanted to learn, would definitely take another one
Lots of great information. Can’t wait to get started.
The class was so fun! I took it with a couple of my nieces and we had a blast. If I were to take the class again, I would pay attention to Catherine as she goes through the steps of folding and dyeing and then when she sends the link for the class, start the process for yourself. It’s so much easier to pause the video if you need extra time and resume when you are ready. I would highly recommend the class.
The instructor was extremely competent and showed us various ways to create patterns on the cloth before dyeing. It was well worth the 2 hours and she was very accommodating and answered everyone's questions. I would take another class with her anytime.She was awesome!
The class was informative giving the info on of a wide variety of folds. It went quickly but we were sent a link to re-watch so we could go back at our leisure and Catherine, our instructor told us to email with follow up questions.
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
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