Art textiles

Shibori dyeing for textiles with Janice Gunner

Ref: SLW09314

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About this course

Explore the fascinating art of stitched, tied, wrapped and clamped resist-dyeing techniques on a range of fabrics using modern fibre reactive dyes. Achieve stunning effects on fabric, to use in future textile projects.

Course Description

You will be introduced to the fascinating art of stitched, tied, wrapped and clamped resist-dyeing techniques for cotton, linen, rayon and silk fabrics. This traditional method of patterning fabrics has been used widely in many countries, including Japan, India and Africa. Using Procion MX dyes, you will experiment with dyeing and over-dyeing to achieve stunning visual effects on fabric.

The tutor will give informative demonstrations and discussions of the processes for making a variety of Shibori techniques and patterns. Then show how to layer on colour using modern fibre reactive dyes. Preparation of materials and how to make the dye bath will also be covered.

You will build up a good collection of samples showing varying aspects of the techniques. The tutor will also discuss ways of incorporating the samples into quilts, embroidery and textile art and she will introduce ideas for a project, so that you can plan towards this to work on at home (although there will not be time to begin a sewing during the course). The tutor will offer tutorials, question and answer sessions, a group review and an illustrated lecture.

First evening: Introduction and initial preparation work

Day 1: Demonstration of techniques and preparation of materials and dye bath. Stitching and dyeing fabric followed by discussion and tutorials as necessary.

Day 2: Continued work on projects.

Day 3: Continued work on projects. A mini exhibition and evaluation of work produced.


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, 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


  • On this course the dyes used initially by the group are included in the course fee (small quantities of additional dye may be purchased from the tutor on an ad hoc basis if used).

What students need to bring

  • Items to tie into your fabric such as small stones or marbles, but not pulses as they swell up and are difficult to remove
  • 2 metres approx. of assorted cotton, silk, linen or rayon fabrics (pre-washed, without fabric softener and dried)
  • Soft string, rubber bands, pegs etc. anything that you can use as a resist to tie into fabric
  • Sewing kit: Needles, thread and scissors etc
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat, if you have one
  • An apron to protect your clothes from dye and rubber gloves
  • A metric measuring jug and a jam jar with lid for mixing dye
  • Kitchen roll
  • Camera or notebook to record your work and processes

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Blue water soluble marking pen or watercolour pencil
  • Cutting mat (these can be borrowed from the college during the course)
  • A4 layout or sketchpad and a note pad
  • Pencils, eraser, fine line black pen
  • Various undyed cotton, calico and silk fabrics
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will also have available for purchase her book, Shibori for Textile Artists by Janice Gunner
  • Strong sewing thread for stitched resist and some additional dyes, if needed, and a variety of Shibori equipment for use during the course

"Excellent teacher who was so generous with her expertise , happy to share information, advice and insiders knowledge. Spending 3 days with like minded people learning a new skill.... delicious food and a splendid setting."

Sara, 2019


Janice Gunner

Janice Gunner is a stitched textile artist, specializing in Shibori dyeing, piecing and quilting techniques. She has always sewn and studied textiles as a mature student and holds City & Guilds in Patchwork & Quilting and the Diploma in Stitched Textiles. Janice has 27 years' experience of teaching at many levels, both nationally and internationally. She is author of two books; Shibori for Textile Artists and Liberating Log Cabin.


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

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