Last week, I spent two evenings learning all about indigo and shibori dyeing at Maiwa in Vancouver. I had so much fun you guys! This class was a birthday gift from my boyfriend, so it felt extra special to take a break from my usual routine and get my hands dirty (literally – my nails are still stained with a hint of blue).
We spent the first day learning technique, and preparing our pieces for the dye bath. The amazing teachers Sophena and Danielle were clearly super passionate about indigo dyeing and all of the techniques. They brought tons of samples to inspire us.
We were given a set of cloth napkins, a huge cotton gauze scarf and various small silk and cotton pieces to test on.
The dyeing all happened on the second night of the class. The energy in there was awesome. Everyone was so pumped to get their pieces dyed, and we only had a couple of hours so the night zoomed by. Want to see how my pieces turned out?
I tried a few different techniques on my napkins: stitch resist, binding (one with string and one with elastics, rocks, and marbles), and finally, “the cloud”. The cloud was the most quick and fun – it’s really just bunching the fabric together and tying it up. I wish I took before pictures!
I used my silk pieces to try out stitch resist in circle shapes, and tying in a knot! The second piece is literally just tied twice.
The folding and clamping technique was my favourite by a long shot. The two pieces above were made with triangle shape resists. I’m am in love with them!
Finally, my scarf! This was made using a simple method of folding in half, rolling on the bias, and scrunching the fabric. Again – I promise I will take before pictures next time.
The coolest thing about shibori is the instant gratification! You tie, bind, fold, or clamp your pieces, dye them, let them oxidize, and then you can unwrap your work and see the results pretty much instantly. The unveiling is the best part. Every piece was so beautiful and unique.
I can’t wait to grab some supplies and try this again at home. I see a lot of indigo dyeing in my future!