Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Indigo Shibori Dyeing from Itajime, Arashi, Nui, Kumo and Beyond

May 30 @ 9:00 am - June 3 @ 5:00 pm


Indigo Shibori Dyeing from Itajime, Arashi, Nui, Kumo and Beyond

Debbie Maddy

May 30, 2022 – June 3, 2022

9:00 – 5:00

Workshop Overview

This workshop is open to all levels of indigo dyers. In this workshop, Debbie will take students beyond the simple fold and clamp techniques. There will be a strong emphasis on working toward more detailed and intricate designs. Students will learn several different Arashi or pole wrapping techniques to achieve very unusual designs. Students will do itajime or fold and clamp, but with dyeing and then moving the clamps and re-dyeing or itajime followed by arashi pole wrapping the same fabric. The stitching patterns will be as simple as Ori Nui done with simple basting style stitches to waves and circles and chevron effects. Students will learn how to pleat and then stitch cloth for the wonderful Katano designs. All dyeing will be done in organic indigo vats with no harsh chemicals. The final part of the class will focus on finishing fabrics to help with light fastness and wash fastness. All of the fabrics can be used for garments, quilts, scarves, and or home decor.

There will be a separate class following this one if the students want to make a quilt with their newly dyed or previously dyed fabrics. 

Skills + Techniques

Students will learn:
  • Making an organic indigo vat
  • Maintaining an organic indigo vat
  • How to pre-treat fabrics to dye
  • Stitching, folding, and wrapping for precision
  • Advanced variations of techniques covered
  • Final finishing of fabrics
  • Having fun with experimentation – What would happen if I do this?


Debbie Maddy

Tools + Materials

Students should bring:

  • Students should wear clothes and shoes that they do not mind being blue
  • Students may bring fabric to dye but it must be prepared for dyeing

Material Fee:

  • $25.00-$30.00 paid at time of workshop


  • Please read our COVID-19 Policy prior to registering
  • We are honoring each instructor’s specific COVID-19 safety requests. For this workshop, your instructor allows unvaccinated students to be unmasked, but unvaccinated should wear a mask indoors at all times. Your instructor also reserves the right to require additional safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Housing + Meals

Housing and meals will be available on-site in 2022. Please see our Housing page for options.

$550.00 / per student

This Class


7097 Sanborn Road Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

Call Us

(603) 435-7314


May 30 @ 9:00 am
June 3 @ 5:00 pm
Event Categories:
, , ,
Event Tags:


Sanborn Mills Farm
7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website