Past Workshops

Sashiko

March 19 & 20, 2016: Sashiko, An Introduction

Sashiko (pronounced: SA-Shi-KOE) is a form of quilting originating from Japan centuries ago when farmers and fishermen practiced a running-stitch technique called “little rice” to patch torn or worn clothing. Today, sashiko is used primarily as decoration on items such as curtains, tablecloths, clothing and accessories. Traditionally, white thread was sewn on indigo fabric. In this workshop you will learn the principles behind sashiko stitching. You will learn many traditional patterns and designs and create your own one-of-a-kind piece. And once you know the traditional methods you will be free to wander off in any stitching direction you might like.

September 2015: Presentation to the members of the “Southern Maine Chapter (SOME) of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Inc.”

July 2015: Sashiko Presentation- Kaleidoscope Quilt Chapter of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild


Shibori

March 2016: Itajime and Arashi

This two-day workshop will explore methods of clamp resist dyeing, “itajime,” and pole wrapping, “arashi”. We will be looking at creativity within the clamped and wrapped dyeing techniques, learning various approaches to dyeing with indigo and other vat dyes; and gaining an understanding of the structure of the folded and bound resist and wrapped patterns.

We will use a variety of colors in vat dyes as well as the indigo dye vat for both of these processes. Some pre-dyed fabric will be available for you to use so that you can get creative with combining colors and have exciting patterns. You will also be given a silk scarf to dye any way you want. More fabric and scarves will be available to purchase. By the end of the workshop you will have learned several different itajime techniques and pole wrapping patterns.

April 25 – 26, 2015 and July 16, 17, & 18, 2015: Introduction to Stitched Shibori Techniques

This is an introduction to the Japanese art of shibori – stitched resist patterns. Stitching as a way of resisting the dye has been used to a greater extent by the Japanese than by other peoples. Come learn and experience the flexibility and control you have with this technique to create designs of great variety—delicate or bold, simple or complex, pictorial or abstract. Unique effects are possible with stitched shibori depending on the type of stitch used, whether or not the cloth is folded, and the arrangement of the stitches: straight, curved, parallel, or the area that is enclosed. The principal stitch used in shibori is the running stitch. Some refer to stitched shibori as drawing with thread. You will learn many traditional stitched patterns and create some of your own. You will produce samples for future work on a length of fabric that can be sewn into a pillowcase or cut up to be used in other projects.

May 2014: Shibori: An Introduction to Japanese Shaped Resist Dying

Where: Gathering of Stitches, Portland, Maine

This is an introduction to the Japanese art of resist dyeing through the historical, yet oh-so modern technique of shibori. You will learn several resist techniques (stitching, fold and clamp, and pole wrapping) and marvel at the intricate and beautiful patterns that unfold and emerge.

In this two-day weekend intensive, you will learn various approaches to dyeing with indigo and other vat dyes; gaining an understanding of the structure of the folded and bound resist, wrapped and stitched patterns; and how you might combine the two techniques. You will learn how to use the indigo vat, a unique method of dyeing, as well as other colored vat dyes. This is a great introductory workshop to give you a good overview of all the specific techniques involved in the tradition of Japanese resist dyeing that is shibori.

March 1 & 8, 2014: Introduction to Shibori

This is an introduction to the Japanese art of resist dyeing through the historical, yet oh-so modern technique of Shibori. You will learn several resist techniques (stitching, fold and clamp, and pole wrapping) and marvel at the intricate and beautiful patterns that unfold and emerge.

In this two-day weekend intensive, you will learn various approaches to dyeing with indigo and other vat dyes; gaining an understanding of the structure of the folded and bound resist, wrapped and stitched patterns and how you might combine the two techniques. You will learn how to use the indigo vat, a unique method of dyeing, as well as other colored vat dyes. This is a great introductory workshop to give you a good overview of all the specific techniques involved in the tradition of Japanese resist dyeing that is shibori.

March 2014: Japanese Culture Weekend, Bath, Maine – Dye workshop for Children

February 28, 2014: “Lift Your Spirits this Spring” – Shibori

“Blue Alchemy – Stories of Indigo,” a documentary by Mary Lance will be shown. This is part of the workshop; however, anyone is welcome to come view the documentary. If you are not able to attend the first workshop in March, another introductory shibori workshop will be held March 29th and April 5th. However, try to come to Friday night’s viewing of the documentary as it won’t be shown before the second workshop.

April 20 & 21, 2013: Shibori: an Introduction

Where: Artistic Endeavors Workshop, Bowdoinham, Maine

This two-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of shaped resist techniques to create beautiful patterns of fabric. You will experience the magic of indigo dye and feel the excitement as each piece is unveiled after dying.