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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Shibori Indigo Dyeing at Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Who doesn't love the indigo fabric?  The Japanese classic blue and white is a firm favourite with sewists and quilters alike.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami

Back in October 2018, I did my first Shibori dying in a workshop at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens here in Delray Beach/Boca Raton, where I now live in South East Florida.

These workshops are tri-annual events run by the knowledgeable Shibori teacher, Suzanne Connors of Aya Fiber Studio.  This photo is of Suzanne showing us how to mix the indigo dye vat.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Here are photos from my first workshop.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

These pieces are soaking in water prior to dyeing.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

The indigo dye turns the fabric green.  Within a minute or two of the dyed fabric being exposed to the air, oxidisation turns the green fabric to indigo blue.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

My first year's fabrics had five or six, three-minute dye dips.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

How fabulous do all these student pieces look as they hang to dry in the Morikami Gardens? They always grab the attention of visitors to the gardens, who are keen to know more about the process.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Last weekend I attended my second workshop with Suzanne.  Having. last year, purchased this book that Suzanne recommended, 


I knew that I wanted to prep some sewn samples before attending, as this process is too time-consuming to do within the 6-hour workshop.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Above are photos of the four sewn samples I made before class using PFD (prepared for dyeing) cotton purchased at Boca's Quilting Store - Stitchcraft

StitchCraft Quilting Store in Boca Raton Florida by www.madebyChrissieD.com

In class, I made up another four pieces using the four napkins provided by Suzanne, and here are this year's eight finished pieces.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

This year, multiple short dye-dips (at least ten at approx 1 minute), continuing until the fabric was saturated and was no longer changing colour, allowed me to achieve an incredibly dark indigo blue on the main dye-exposed fabric areas.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I enjoy the yearly napkin workshop as I will be able to incorporate the napkins into a future quilt.  If you attend Suzanne's other two annual workshops at Morikami, you'll dye either aprons or scarves.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com
Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Check out Suzanne's classes, workshops and open studio dates at her studio in Stuart, Florida.


and here are details for Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, an unexpected wonder that is a delightful destination on a South Florida holiday. 


Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Looking for a good read?
Why not try The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd?
"Based on historical documents, including Eliza's letters, this is a historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of South Carolina, an export that laid the foundation for the incredible wealth of several Southern families who still live on today. Although largely overlooked by historians, the accomplishments of Eliza Lucas influenced the course of US history. When she passed away in 1793, President George Washington served as a pallbearer at her funeral." 
Have you tried Shibori?  
Share your experiences along with book, supplier and class recommendations in the comments. 

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Shibori Indigo Dyeing At Morikami

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