Shibori  with  Indigo

26 November  Sunday   9:30am to 4pm      Last class for the year...  book in now.

Simply put - shibori is Japanese for tie dye.  But it is so much more than rubber bands and string !  Learn how to stitch, wrap, tie, fold, clamp, and twist fabric to create beautiful patterns with the traditional blue indigo dye.  No experience required - just some homework to be done before the class...  We provide the expertise and knowledge and indigo, and you just need to bring fabric and enthusiasm. 

$100 for the workshop  

Full list of requirements ie fabric, rubber bands, etc., and the homework (stitched work) will be provided upon enrolment.


Oh so blue...  Indigo day

March 2018  To be confirmed

NOT a workshop.  I will not be teaching you how to do shibori nor how to make up the indigo vat.  Just a day to dye lots of fabric wonderfully blue !  You come along with your fabric, yarn, whatever and... dye it.  You MUST have attended an indigo class with us (or similiar) to come along to this day.  

We will provide the bottomless indigo vat, and buckets of water, and clothesline and the factory backyard we don't mind being splashed with a bit of blue.  Full use of our arashi poles (please bring your own string) and clamps too.

$50.00 per person.  Unlimited use of the indigo vat   (but no loose yardage, sheets, or towels allowed to be dyed)


Batik  -  wax resist

4th November   Saturday  9:30am  to  4pm

You will be totally hands on - creating batik with different waxes (soy, bees, paraffin, and mixes), on silk and cotton, applying the wax with brushes and tjantings and potato mashers.  Learning the two distinctly different techniques - one traditional with immersion dyeing and the other more modern painting on the dyes, and fixing the dyes, and removing the wax at the end of it all.  

We will provide everything - the waxes, the tools, the dyes, and the fabric.  

$120.00 per person.  You just need to bring your lunch, an apron, and your enthusiasm.


Silk Painting  -  paint a scarf
Date to be confirmed..

Learn the basics of silk painting - gutta outline, salt, blending, shading, and fixing of the colours - whilst painting a scarf (or two) of your own design.  We provide the silk and frames and dyes and gutta etc etc.  You just need an idea of what you want to create on your scarf.
$100 for the workshop plus $5.00 per scarf materials fee


High School Textiles student's Special 
A Saturday in November  2017     To be confirmed
Try silk painting, and tie dye, and fabric crayons, and plain dyeing, and transfer printing, and whatever else we have time for on the day.  A hands on taste of all sorts of ways of getting colour onto fabric and fibre, and a chance to ask lots of questions for the Yr 9 - 12 textiles student.
$55 per person    All materials provided.





Workshops are ONLY held on weekends.  9am for a 9:30 start.  Finish approx 4pm.  

Inc. is comprehensive notes, tea & coffee and biscuits.  You need to bring lunch, pen and paper, at least an apron, and some other basic items (depending on the workshop), that you will be informed of when you enrol.  Eg. cotton fabric, needle and thread.  Any specialist items/products - we will provide.


Possible topics include....

SILK PAINTING - beginners

SILK PAINTING - advanced

SILK PAINTING - paint a scarf

SHIBORI - using Indigo or Naphtol dyes


BATIK - wax resist



DYEING FOR PATCHWORKERS & EMBROIDERERS - using Drimarene K & Procion MX dyes






SCREEN PRINTING - image making

BLOCK PRINTING - making your own blocks & printing with paints & thickened dye

NAPHTOL DYES - dip dyeing and working with thickened diazos

DISCHARGE - removing dyes in creative ways


A workshop can be tailored to suit your group's needs and preferences.  These can be held at our premises or Lynne can be booked to come to you.




Last updated: 30 Oct 2017