The Art of Shibori: Maddy

The Art of Shibori with Organic Indigo

September 20 – September 24, 2023
9 am to 5 pm

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 and Techniques:

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?

Materials Fee: $25-$30 Paid directly to the instructor.
Special Tools or Equipment: None

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 contact 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.