Art textiles

Indigo dyed Shibori textiles with Janice Gunner

Ref: SLW09731

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About this course

Indigo is a magical colour and when combined with Japanese Shibori techniques the resulting fabrics can be spectacular. Learn how to prepare and hand-dye unique fabrics or textile art, using a range of stitched or tied Shibori methods.

Course Description

You will work on a variety of shibori techniques to produce a collection of unique hand dyed fabrics. These include stitched, tied, clamped and wrapped shibori, which will be discussed and demonstrated by the tutor and are featured in her book, Shibori for Textile Artists. Following this you will explore ideas and concepts working individually on your own piece of textile art, rather than a set design. The tutor will offer an illustrated lecture, individual and group tutorials and group review.

The course is planned to follow this structure:

During the introductory session the tutor will show an illustrated lecture on shibori – the element of surprise, and show examples of shibori dyed textiles to inspire and inform you in preparation for starting work the following morning.

Day one: Preparation of fabric using stitched shibori techniques.

Day two: Preparation of Indigo vats, dyeing and preparation of fabric for day three.

Day three: Further indigo dyeing. Design using simple sketching, drafting directly from the dyed fabric, piecing and how to construct a piece of work. An evaluation of work produced concludes the day.


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


  • The cost of Indigo dye and auxiliaries provided by the tutor and shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Fabric – natural fibres such as lightweight cotton, linen, silk, and rayon. Prepare in advance by washing all fabrics before use in non-biological washing product. Do not add fabric softener. Dry and iron.
  • Bond-a-Web (or similar fusible web) if you have some.
  • Soft string, rubber bands, pegs etc. anything that you can use as a resist to tie into fabric.
  • An apron to protect your clothes from the dye.
  • Rubber gloves are essential.
  • Kitchen paper roll.
  • Sewing kit, needles, thread and scissors etc.
  • Sewing machine and instruction book, with free motion and quilting feet (you can also reserve a college machine, please email in advance if you wish to reserve on via If you prefer you can hand stitch.
  • A selection of threads for both machine and hand stitching.
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler.
  • Your camera to record the processes.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Blue water-soluble marking pen
  • Cutting mat (these can also be borrowed during the course)
  • A4 Layout or sketchpad and a note pad
  • Pencils, eraser, fine line black pen
  • Some undyed fine cotton and silk fabrics
  • Available from tutor:
  • Bond-a-web and some extra fabrics for you to purchase
  • Strong sewing thread for stitched resist
  • A variety of shibori equipment for use


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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