Shibori textured fabric scarves with Nawal Gebreel

Art textiles

Ref: S2D12144

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About this course

Learn how to make shibori textured textile samples and scarves using hand-folding and hand-stitching techniques on fabric to create three-dimensional designs and pattern effects.

Course Description

Learn to design and make three-dimensional textured surfaces in fine dress fabric. Starting on the first day you will learn various fabric manipulation techniques to create three-dimensional samples with the fabric supplied. On your second day you will apply the techniques that you have learnt using your chosen coloured fabric (supplied from a selection) to make a scarf and a smaller neck-piece using hand–folding and hand-stitching techniques. Your designs will be steam-set to create the surface as used in shibori fabric.

The tutor will also show you how to invisibly hem a finished scarf, to enable you to complete your pieces to a quality which is both modern and appealing.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Most materials required for techniques covered by the tutor, including fabric to make samples, one scarf and small neck-piece and white sewing thread, newsprint for steaming and aluminium foil.

What students need to bring

  • A range of hand-sewing needles, and a thimble if you use one
  • 20/30 Small size uncoloured elastic bands
  • If you have some favourite synthetic dress fabric (A4) for sampling as an extra, such as plain polyester dress fabric of different type and polyester organza.
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Ruler (30cm) preferably transparent

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Different coloured sewing threads to use for invisible hemming, dressmaking pins
  • Available from tutor:
  • Extra fabric for a second scarf
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Nawal Gebreel

Nawal Gebreel uses innovative 3D fabric manipulations to produce her label’s luxurious scarves and wraps. She sells her work internationally as well as at home. Nawal trained as a textile designer at Manchester Metropolitan University and soon set up her own label. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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