Introduction to Shibori Dyeing – October 18 & 19, 2014

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Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster  (Directions)

Instructor: Kachina Martin
Skill Level:  Refresher to Intermediate


Imagine a plain, white piece of silk…now fold it…twist it…bind it. After dyeing, you’ll be amazed at the transformation! This class will introduce the participant to shibori, the ancient Japanese fabric dyeing technique that utilizes a variety of methods – wrapping, tying, stitching, folding, twisting – to create richly textured patterns of color on fabric. Students will focus on arashi shibori (pole wrapped), stitch resist shibori, and clamped shibori. Participants will complete a series of finished pieces as well as fabric samples suitable for multiple uses. The instructor will bring procion dyes for six different dye baths spaced throughout the weekend.

A materials fee of $40, payable to the instructor at the time of class will cover: Procion dyebaths in a variety of colors, cotton fabrics, silk fabrics, and scarves

Supplies students should bring from home:

  • dust mask
  • carpet warp or similar weight of string, such as heavy-weight crochet thread (#10)
  • PVC piping – approx 30 – 40″ length, and 4″ or 5″ diameter
  • smaller buckets for washing items and transporting home to dry
  • 4 sets of flat wooden shapes (approximately 1/2″ thick) – square or rounded, cannot have small projecting parts.
  • 4 plastic clamps that can be submerged in water, and hold approx. 2″ thick of materials securely
  • scissors – the sharper, the better
  • masking tape
  • rubber gloves (dish gloves, the longer the better!)
  • drying rack if you have one
  • old towels
  • clothing that you don’t mind getting messy
  • 1 lb of salt
  • 1 spool polyester thread in a bright or dark color (blue, red black) – must be polyester!
Kachina Martin is an educator and fiber artist based in Reading.  She is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and has been featured in a number for juried shows.  She also exhibits her work in several boutiques around the state, and runs her own business, A Howling Ruth Production, specializing in vintage, hand-dyed and silk-screened fabrics, dedicated to reusing and recycling fabric.

Class Type: ImmersionWorkshop

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