A Quick Dip: Introduction to Indigo Shibori Dyeing

Jessica with indigo-dyed cloth

Jessica sharing some of her indigo-dyed cloth, photo by Stacey Murton

As part of the PNW MQG meet-up, quilters are invited (weather permitting) to VMQG member Jessica W.’s backyard on Saturday, August 23 for a quick dip in the indigo vat!  Come over to learn about indigo and dye a piece of fabric (either a fat quarter, regular quarter yard, or fat eighth, depending on technique) with a given shibori method.  Jessica will lead two different sessions throughout the day, each focused on a particular set of shibori techniques.  If you haven’t tried indigo dyeing before, this short workshop will give you a feel for the dyeing process and a brief introduction to the wonderful world of indigo and shibori.

9:30-10:45 a.m. (or so): Arashi (pole wrapping) or tesuji (pleated and tied shibori)

5-6:30 p.m.: Stitched shibori techniques


Drop-ins are welcome, but space is limited to eight persons per session, and advance notice is preferred.  Jessica’s home is a ten-minute walk from the Broadway and Commercial Skytrain station and therefore easily accessible to those coming by public transportation (including to and from the Saturday meet-up venues downtown, as well as the meet-up hotel).

There is no fee, but a donation of $2-3 (in either USD or CAD) is suggested to cover the cost of supplies.

To sign up for a session, please email Jessica at momijistudio@gmail.com, and she will send you her address and additional information.  If you decide to come at the last minute, please call Jessica at home at 604-253-7431, and she will provide the address and directions.


Equipment list: If possible, please bring a pair of rubber kitchen gloves, a hat for protection from the sun, and a Ziploc bag to take your project home with you.  In addition, avoid wearing any clothing or shoes that you don’t want stained blue.  For the stitched shibori session, a basic sewing kit (especially a sharp needle with an eye large enough for perle cotton) and seam ripper would also be helpful.  If you are local and coming by car, it might not hurt for you to bring an outdoor chair as well.  All other supplies will be provided (including latex or vinyl gloves if you forget your kitchen gloves).

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