This course has concessions available

Shibori Dyeing Techniques – Online

Shibori is a resist process for dyeing fabrics, similar to tie dye, but with more detail and controlled patterns being achieved. Learn to fold, pleat and stitch fabrics prior to dying to produce wonderful abstract and geometric designs. You will then learn how to make a dye bath using Dylon cold water hand dye.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

This course is for beginners and those with some experience of dyeing who want to broaden their skills and knowledge of Shibori

What does this course cover

During the first two sessions you will learn to fold, pleat, bind and stitch fabrics prior to dying to produce wonderful abstract and geometric designs. In the final session you will make a dye bath using Dylon cold water fabric hand dye and dye your samples.

You can use your fabrics to make them into items for the home or yourself or join the sashiko course to stitch and embellish some of them.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
o Have the ability to develop designs for Shibori.
o Use Shibori techniques creatively.
o Evaluate your own work own and that of others'.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation via zoom. PowerPoint etc handouts with visual diagrams (emailed to students). One-to-one teaching. Group discussions all via zoom.
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching. Sharing techniques/achievements in their work via zoom/ in class displays/discussion.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

o White 100% cotton fabric in quilting weight, you may also like to make samples with different fabric weights: thinner lawn cotton. You could dye old sheets or pillow cases, this weight of fabric works well.

o Dylon Fabric hand dye (comes in a small plastic sachet) Depending on the amount of fabric you have you may want to buy 1 or 2 sachets. Each sachet dyes 250g fabric approximately one shirt. I weighed 1m of quilters weight cotton and it weighed 210g. Having experimented I recommend these colours - Navy, Violet & Navy to make Indigo, Jeans Blue or Hot Pink. Other Dylon colours can be used but they tend to produce paler shades of colour.
o 250g salt for each sachet (basic table salt).

Resist Items
o Creating the resist - The following are not all essential and I will show ways of adapting if you don't have them.
o Plastic pole (tightly rolled newspaper covered with cling film)
o Wooden shapes of thin wood for wrapping around (lolly pop sticks or stiff card board covered in cling film or parcel tape)
o Buttons, chick peas or lentils for tying a design of small circles
o Small elastic bands
o String - polyester and cotton as different effects can be produced with both (you could use yarn).
o Polyester sewing thread
o Bull dog clips and/or paper clips
o Sharp / crewl sewing needles
o Thimble
o Bucket or an old sauce pan (not to then be used for food)
o Spoon for stirring (if wooden not one you use for food).
o Gloves & apron

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Course to learn how to make your fabrics into an item of your choice - dress making, cushion, patchwork quilt.
Sashiko course to learn the Japanese embroidery technique to embellish your fabrics.

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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