This beginners workshop is designed as an introduction to resist dying with indigo led by Lisa Reddings , founder of Indigowares. Lisa’s hands on workshops are a brilliant opportunity to learn and make your own hand dyed indigo shibori textiles using traditional pattern making processes , you can turn up knowing nothing and leave inspired.
The workshop will begin with a cuppa and a brief history of indigo; where the dye comes from, how it is grown and how it has been used throughout the world to create textile designs.
Lisa will bring along a bundle of samples, new and vintage, to help explain shibori and the variety of resist dying techniques that come under the shibori umbrella. She will also explain how the vat of indigo dye is created.
Once Lisa has shared the basics you will get down to your own shibori pattern making.
We will provide all the indigo dye and equipment for the workshop plus you will have a cotton scarf and a cotton bag to dye, but please feel free to bring along anything you would like to dye and up-cycle [natural fibres – cotton, linen, hemp, silk, white denim etc will work well just make sure that they have had a good hot wash beforehand encourage good indigo uptake].
This is a very hands on workshop, so please do bring some old textiles to dye – but NO duvet covers, bed spreads or rugs, thanks!
This class will use a spectralite vat, so that a varied amount of fibres can be dyed well and to dye deep blues relatively quickly.
Lisa will be on hand throughout to ensure everyone is helped as needed; you should leave not only confident in your new knowledge of shibori techniques but also with a bundle of your own stunning hand dyed indigo and shibori textiles.
You will also receive a hand out that has all the basics covered during the day plus notes on how to wash and care for your newly dyed indigo textiles once you get home.
What you will need to bring:
Please make sure you come in old clothing and shoes that you will not mind getting splashed with a bit of indigo. We also recommend that you bring an apron as an extra layer as well as your own pair of rubber gloves.
Please remember to bring a bundle of old textiles to dye.
Lisa Reddings is a traditional textile artisan who places ethics and sustainability at the core of here Indigowares brand. This workshop is an opportunity to meet new people, experience natural dying and traditional shibori pattern making together …and learn a little about Lisa’s passions for heritage and craftsmanship, accountability and sustainability as part of the slow fashion revolution.
Take a look at the creative textile processes and get inspired. https://indigowares.com/process/
I morning indigo workshop 10am – 1pm – 6 places on course – £55 each
Or enjoy more time to play, with the longer 1 day Indigo workshop 10am-3pm – 6 places on course – £85 each