There were some coloured dyes at the "Kendal Green meets Shibori Dyeing" workshop this morning (with Donna Campbell at Kendal Brewery Arts Centre) – but there was an indigo vat too, so I just used that – too good a chance to miss. The workshop was only two and a half hours long and went all too quickly but I came home with five samples and I’m pleased because I really tried to plan the way I tied and folded the cloth and I like most of the results! The only one that didn’t really do what I wanted is the striped one, which was concertina folded with lolly sticks and then wrapped. I was hoping the lines from the wrapping would show up on all the blue stripes – I think I should have left more of the fabric sticking out of the resist. I didn’t take along my fabric manipulation experiments in the end, I’m going to dye those at home later on.

indigo shibori samples

shibori sample

shibori sample

I especially liked this effect which was from making three small pleats in the fabric and overstitching through all the layers.

shibori sample detail

And this, which is a combination of paper clip clamps and a wave pattern gathering stitch. One thing I learned is that it’s much easier to gather the fabric well with a proper strong thread sold for the purpose. The one we were using had come from Callishibori as had the indigo.

shibori sample detail

The Motto festival of which this workshop was a part is on in Kendal till September with lots of textile workshops and events at the Brewery Arts Centre and in the town.


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10 thoughts on “shibori happy

  • July 20, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    What a wonderful opportunity – oh that an indigo dye vat would appear near me!
    The results are stunning. I can imagine using your lolly stick piece, cut in half horizontally to form a series of arches ….

  • July 20, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    These peices are stunning! It’s amazing to hear that the workshop you attended was only two-and-a-half hours long. I think the one you did with lolly sticks is great. I’m sure it will find it’s way into something wonderful.

  • July 20, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    jealousy! these are great!!!!

  • July 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    They are like sunshine and shadow. Gorgeous. What a lot of lovely things going on in Kendal.

  • July 21, 2008 at 10:38 am

    jealous too! you had a vat ready waiting for you1 no fumbling with it.
    btw great samples!

    neki desu

  • July 21, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Good samples, I could never get it to go a good dark shade.

  • August 15, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    “Kendal Brewery Arts Centre”. WOW do you live near Kendal??? I live there for a few years and grew up in places very close by. I’m amazed to see all this textile stuff there from your link. Maybe I should come back for a visit!!!

    lovely to see your work 😀

  • May 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I came across your page…These pieces are so inspiring! Is there any chance you could tell me how you did the last one exactly? Step by step? I am doing Shibori work at the moment…I would much appreciate it.
    Thank you!

  • January 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm


    nice work. i want to ask you which fabric did you use?

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