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Natural Dyeing Workshop with Rob Jones

Date: 24 June 2017 10:00 to 17:00



Come and learn how to dye with indigo and natural dyes using Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing. Learn the basic binding techniques and then dye a series of samples using natural dyes and indigo.

Over the 6 hour workshop you’ll master a variety of binding skills and learn all about indigo and how to dye with natural dyes:

Fabrications is honoured to be welcoming Rob Jones to teach this class! Rob is a textile designer specialising in the ancient Japanese art of Shibori, using stitch, bound and clamped resist techniques to create intricate patterns and textures on scarves, table linens and lampshades. He selects both new and vintage textiles, sourcing beautiful old kimono silk from Japan and vintage and modern cloth from the UK for his creations, made at his studio in North London. Rob has studied at West Dean College and under Bryan Whitehead in Fujino, Japan in 2014.

On completion of the class participants will confidently be able to:

- Use different bindings to resist dye and create pattern including the basic kamosage knot used to secure all bound work and how to make the kumo (spiderweb), hitta (binding with beads) and tesuji (stripes) patterns using binding

- Understand different natural mordanting and dyeing methods:

* How to mordant your fabrics with Myrobalan, Aluminium acetate and iron

* How to dye your fabrics with the following natural plant dyes and indigo

  • Tansy (Yellow)
  • Madder/Bloodroot (red)
  • Madder/Bloodroot and Tansy (Orange)
  • Tansy and indigo (Green)
  • Myrobalan and indigo (Teal green)
  • Indigo - Blue
  • Madder and Indigo (Purple)
  • Tea (Brown)
  • Tea with rusty iron (brown and black)

* How to overdye with indigo and modify colours with Iron

- Unpick your finished work and reveal your designs.

SUITABLE FOR ALL LEVELS (Beginners Welcome!)

TIME: 10am - 5pm

PRICE: £90

All materials and tools are provided. Includes pre-mordanted cotton and silk for samples that you will be able to take away as a sample book. Instructions on how to create and maintain your own indigo vat and how to dye with natural dye extracts and mordants will also be provided.

You will take home a set of samples for reference.

You will also dye a silk scarf with a design and colour combination of your choice.

Silk scarves, cotton hankies and cotton tote bag will be available to purchase on the day if you want to take other finished projects home with you.





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