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september, 2021


Event Details

Shibori is the Japanese art of stitched and bound resist. It is a slow craft, often requiring many hours of binding, stitching and pulling up of threads, followed by multiple dyeing processes. This and the variations in tension and pressure applied in construction mean that every piece produced is unique. Learn the traditional methods of this beautiful series of techniques and how to dye your creations in indigo to achieve a range of beautiful blues.

You will be taught a number of traditional Japanese patterns, which can be modified to suit your own design. How to dye with indigo using a pre prepared vat as well as how to unpick your finished work to reveal your designs! 

Fabrications welcomes 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 Hackney. 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:

– Have an understanding of key binding techniques and stitches used in Shibori

– Tie a ‘Kamosage’ knot, used in most bound work

– Use the key stitches: Running Stitch, Ori Nui and Maki-Nui to make a number of patterns

– Achieve beautiful traditional Japanese patterns:

Kanoko (dots of a fawn)

Hitta (bird binding)Kumo (spiderweb)

Maki-age (stitched motifs)

Karamatsu (larch pattern)Mokume (wood grain)

And a couple of secrets will be revealed!!

– Set up an indigo dye bath and how to get different shades of this lovely blue (indigo is a natural dye)

– Unpick your finished work to reveal your designs

The class is aimed at beginners but any and all levels are welcome!

In the afternoon, Rob will expand on the Beginners Shibori techniques in his “Itajime” class and introduce you to methods of creating geometric patterns using folding and clamping methods.

TIME: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Class Size: 8 students

You will need: You are welcome to bring along some small textile articles to upcycle, eg napkins, hanker chiefs ( NB: fabrics must be natural fibres, cotton or linen are ideal and must have been washed and dried in advance of the workshop) But there will also be fabric available to sample with.

Please Bring: Your own rubber gloves (washing up style)

We will provide shirts to wear but please avoid wearing your favourite clothes and shoes!

PRICE: £100 (Full Day – Beginners Shibori & Hishaki-nui & Itajime) or £55 (Beginners Shibori)

HOW TO BOOK: Contact us directly on 020 7275 8043 or BOOK ONLINE

Please Note: The workshop will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12



Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required
Event Area Sanitized
Other Health Guidelines Each participant will have your own work area, hand santiser and the relevant tools and materials. PLEASE BRING your own rubber gloves (washing up style) PLEASE INFORM US IMMEDIATELY if you or a member of your household develop Covid-19 related symptoms (this will not affect your ability to re book) We will provide shirts to wear but please avoid wearing your favourite clothes and shoes


(Saturday) 10:30 am - 1:30 pm


Rob JonesLondon-based Romor Designs was formed in the autumn of 2015 by Rob Jones, a shibori textiles designer and natural

Fabrications7 Broadway MarketThe workshop / event takes place in the Fabrications "Imaginerium" studio located downstairs from the shop area.