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Indigo: A Perfect Union (3-5 Days)



 3-4 yds of washed, untreated, white 100% cotton or other cellulose fabric.  PFD “prepared for dyeing” fabric is not required but guarantees best results. 


(5-day, optional for 3-day) bring small amounts of:

- undyed plant based cloth (eg. linen, hemp) or silk

- cottons solid dyed in various colors, not too dark so indigo will show


Other Materials

Thread: Button & Carpet (stronger than regular sewing thread)

Sewing needles (large enough for  button & carpet thread), thimble if you use one

Twine (eg. Kite string) or crochet thread (medium to heavy weight)

Waxed dental floss (any flavor)

Embroidery sized scissors with pointed blades (not your best) or thread snips

Seam ripper (optional)


A soft pencil

12 inch or larger ruler (see-thru is nicest)

Masking tape 

A few rubber bands (especially small ones) (optional)

A few pebbles, beans or marbles

Clothespins-two dozen or so (plastic or wooden, the hinged type)

Large paper clips (optional)

A couple of wine corks or pink pearl erasers


Clamps (eg. c-clamps, large bull dog clamps, or chip bag clamps)

Pairs of objects to clamp (eg.jar lids, chopsticks, wooden or rigid plastic shapes)

(Optional) A notebook or sketchbook for notes, samples


A small spray bottle

A 1-quart plastic container (eg. Yogurt)

A 1 to 2 gallon bucket for rinsing

A box of gallon baggies (for shibori and  to take home damp dyed fabric)

A lidded container  (eg. milk jug, quart jars, etc.) to possibly take some indigo home (optional)


A trash bag

An old towel

A roll of paper towels

Rubber Gloves (a la Playtex)

Surgical Weight Rubber Gloves (optional)

Wear old clothes. 


I’ll supply small pipes, if workshop is within driving distance of Cambridge; otherwise it’s optional for students to bring:  A PVC pipe, 24 inches long (maximum) and 1 ½ to 3 inches in diameter. If leftover from plumbing project, outside surface must be smooth and non-perforated.


Please bring any interesting shibori or indigo fabrics you’d like to share or samples of your work.

If you have any questions, contact Carol Anne at For more information, see Materials fee, $10 for 3 days, $15 for 5 days.



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