Indigo shibori dyeing is very messy – please wear old clothes and covered shoes and bring an apron.
White cotton fabric will be provided for dyeing samples, but if you have fabric or clothing that you would like to dye, do bring it with you. Indigo does not dye synthetic fabric, so it must be cotton, linen or silk. It doesn’t have to be white, but it shouldn’t be too dark. If it is new fabric you need to scour it first to remove any finishes.
Wool and other thick, heavy fabric absorb a lot of dye, so to be fair to all participants we may not be able to dye fabric like this during the workshop. However, you may be able to dye it at the end to help exhaust the indigo vats.
Other items you must bring:
- Two or more plastic washing up bowls or buckets – you will need these to soak and rinse your fabrics and to transfer dyed items from the vat to the clothes line without dripping everywhere
- Rubber gloves – long ones that cover your wrists, not the short latex ones
- Basic sewing kit – needles, scissors, quick-unpick and very strong thread. We will be using the thread double for extra strength, so the thread should be strong but not too thick, otherwise there will be large holes left in your fabric. Polyester thread is stronger than cotton thread and will not be dyed by the indigo. It’s best to have a different colour from your fabric so you can see where it is!
- Waterproof bags to take damp/dyed items home
- Optional – various resists, such as clothes pegs, bulldog clips, coasters, old CDs, G-clamps, string, rubber bands, masking tape. They will all be submerged in the indigo vat so don’t bring items you want to use again for anything else! I will be providing a selection but the more the merrier!