Shibori Dyeing with Indigo (with Martha Buche)

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Shibori Dyeing with Indigo (with Martha Buche)

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$65 – $115

This traditional Japanese technique of fabric folding and binding makes gorgeous repetitive patterns on fabric and is dyed with Indigo. We will learn a bit about the history and tradition of Shibori and about Indigo dyeing around the world. We will then try some ourselves using clips, tubes, bands and other items to make resists on our fabric for dyeing. Ignite your innovation and creativity! This fun and kind of addictive activity gives instant results and makes you want to try many more. It is magical to observe the oxygen react with the Indigo, creating all shades of ‘blue jeans’ blue.


Please bring a sturdy pair of long-cuff waterproof household chore gloves to class.
Wear clothing and shoes that can become stained with dye. (Hint: Black clothes won’t stain!)
It is wise to use a body and hand lotion before beginning to dye. It coats the pores of your exposed skin and helps minimize stains from dye splashes.
Bring many 100% cotton or linen items with you to dye!

You can bring a twin flat sheet and tear it into sections to practice lots of folding and resisting techniques. Cloth pieces can become pillow covers, gift wrapping and bags. Cotton dish towels, t-shirts, leggings, aprons, blouses, socks, sports bras, linen table cloths, hankies, the list goes on and on! Avoid bringing anything that is very heavy-weight or thick, as it is difficult to fold and tie. Avoid really large items as they won’t fit in our dye vats. Single garments or small household items are best. We have several hours of dyeing time, so bring many good items to keep yourself busy.

Some items for dyeing will be available to purchase in the class, too, so bring a few dollars in cash to take advantage of that option.

Date: Sunday, June 9
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Lunch will be provided.
Ages: 12+
Materials Fee: $30
Location: Viroqua, WI

Sliding Scale Course Fee Guidelines (not including Materials Fees):

Supporter Level Ticket: $115
Sustainer Level Ticket: $90
Supported Level Ticket: $65



June 9
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
$65 – $115
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