Join me for at the Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa, TX for a day of exploring the world of natural, plant-based indigo dyeing and meditative, geometric hand-stitching. Using naturally dyed fabric and naturally dyed thread, participants will learn two Sashiko-based, geometric stitch patterns that can be used for embellishment and mending. After stitching, participants will learn how to set up a plant-based indigo vat, and how to dye fabric using Indigo. We'll explore traditional shibori techniques for patternmaking, with a focus on kumo (twist resist) and itajime (shape resist). Participants will leave with stitched fabric, dyed fabric, and the knowledge to continue these practices at home.
Dyed fabric and thread for stitching with will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring something from home (denim clothing, linen homegood, etc) to stitch on as well. A yard of fabric is provided for dyeing, but participants are highly encouraged to bring small natural fiber clothing (linen and cotton are best) and goods from home to dye, along with rubber dishwashing gloves. Pre-wash any fabric for dyeing in hot water before the workshop. The dye will splash, so wear an apron or dress appropriately.