Tag: indigo

Japanese Textiles weekend

Japanese Textiles weekend

In collaboration with Hiroko Aeno-Billson – a weekend of textile workshops, inspiring stories and wonderful Japanese food. You will leave with a hand-stitched double sided “furoshiki” wrapping cloth and a selection of indigo dyed samples for future stitch projects. Saturday 19 August – ‘Katazome’ and […]

Boro: Threads of Life

Boro: Threads of Life

  I am really excited to see that the exhibition that I wrote about in the previous post is coming to Somerset House in London!! more info on the exhibition here I have two workshops on offer in April, inspired by ‘mottanai’ the Japanese concept of […]

Stitched and Bound

Stitched and Bound

I recently ran an Indigo Resist dye workshop, taking inspiration from my time in Japan, and wanted to make a piece that illustrated various techniques that could be do-able in a day.

I set aside a day in my studio, and gathering together a selection of different fabrics, worked pattern into them by stitching, folding, pleating and clamping resists before dyeing in a strong indigo vat.
using one yen coins as resist bound in with rubber bands
bound screws

stitched semi circles

sushi mat stripes

a good day’s work…
you can see some of the images of the workshop results here
(Naturally I couldnt resist dipping a few hanks of yarn into the indigo vat afterwards to create seven shades of blue, but more about that later!)
Indigo Inspirations

Indigo Inspirations

I recently spent a week in Japan, exploring ancient textile techniques and being inspired by indigo.  It’s been a long-held dream to explore this beautiful country and although I only had a short visit I knew that this would be the first of many… My journey […]

from my sketchbook

colour and weave ideas inspired by hedgerows and working with natural dyes like cochineal and indigo to create berry colour