Stencil Resist with Indigo

July 12 – July 16, 2023
9 am to 5 pm

Katazome is a Japanese printmaking technique, traditionally using sticky rice paste and hand-cut stencils
with natural indigo and other plant-derived pigments to create highly detailed and vibrant patterns on
cloth. We’ll spend the week inspired by this tradition, exploring each step of the process from
stencil-making and design to natural indigo vat-making and dyeing. Along the way we discuss the
traditional materials used in this beautiful process, and present modern and accessible alternatives for use in a home studio. We will be focusing on our natural indigo vat, learning how to build and balance the vat and creating layered patterns with various shades of indigo blue. Students will be able create one or more carved stencils, and multiple pieces of printed and dyed cloth on both cotton and linen. This class is well-suited to those who have some dyeing or printmaking experience, but no previous experience is necessary.

Materials Fee:
$40 paid at time of workshop
Special Tools or Equipment: Notebook, pen or pencil.
Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies
Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements
The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please call our Main Office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.
Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee.
A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.