Indigo & Shibori



9am to 1:30pm

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Aurora, IL


Indigo has been used for centuries in cultures from all across the globe to produce beautiful deep blues on fabric. It is a complex vat dye that uses the oxygen in the air to change from a yellow-green to blue.  It's chemistry, but looks like magic!

Shibori is a Japanese form of patterning fabric by using a resist on the fabric before submerging into a dye bath. Nui shibori uses thread or string that is stitched through or tied to the cloth to form patterns. This goes far beyond your typical tie-dye!

The Workshop

This workshop is limited to 15 people - please reserve your space early. The workshop will also follow all local rules for Covid-19 (masking, social distancing, etc). The price is $125 (you can break this up into 2 payments) and includes everything you need for sampling and your final project:

  • An illustrated booklet that includes detailed how-to information and recipes

  • 1 yard of cotton fabric for samples

  • Needles and Thread (a sewing machine will also be available to use for anyone that would like to try some of these techniques on a machine) 

  • Use of an indigo dyebath, which we will create together

  • Gloves

  • A beautiful 14"x72" silk or silk/wool scarf for your final project

You will get hands-on instruction and practice with both the dyebath and shibori techniques: first through a series of samples and then through a final project that you design on a luxurious silk or silk/wool scarf.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • History of indigo in several cultures from around the world

  • The chemistry (and magic) of creating the indigo dye bath

  • How to create the stitched and bound patterns to create unique dyed patterns on fabric

  • Creative techniques to combine both old and new methods



The Plan

We will start the day at 9am with an overview of the history of indigo and shibori.  Next we will prepare our dye bath.  While the bath is maturing, you will each get 1 yard of high-quality cotton fabric to practice shibori stitching and dyeing techniques. This will give you some practice time and design ideas of how to plan your scarf. Finally, we will design, stitch and dye your unique luxury scarf.

Nearly everything you will need will be provided for you in this workshop (gloves, fabrics, dyes, etc), but we ask that you bring the following:

  • Wear old clothes or clothes/apron you don't mind being stained blue

  • Something to take your wet samples and dyed scarf home in (large Ziploc bag, bucket, dishpan, etc)

  • A chair to sit on

  • A notebook and pen/pencil

  • If you would like to take some of the dyebath home with you, please bring a quarter-sized (or larger) canning jar with leak-proof lid

  • A bagged lunch and something to drink (we will have free bottled water available and a shareable dessert) - we will take 20-30 min as a lunch break.

  • Sunscreen and bug spray as we will be outside. There are shady-spots on the property.

  • Scissors (optional - I will have pairs available, but we will need to share)

(Rain date will be the following weekend, Saturday June 19th.)


You can choose to pay for your workshop in-full or with a deposit and final payment.  Initial payment is due May 15th, $75 of which is non-refundable. Final payment is due June 5th.  After June 5th, no refunds will be allowed. Full refunds will be available if the workshop needs to cancel or reschedule due to the pandemic.  

Health and Safety

Please note that this workshop is not wheelchair accessible. 

Please let the organizer know if you have any allergies.

If you are ill or have been exposed to Covid-19 please stay home.

All attendants will need to sign a liability release and a Covid-19 liability release agreement.

By signing up for this workshop you agree to have your likeness and work photographed and shown online and/or in print for educational and marketing purposes.