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Carol Anne Grotrian                                                                                                    back to Workshops


Note: Materials fee includes 1 yard of cotton fabric to get us started, as well as all dyes and needed chemicals.



3 or more additional yds of washed, untreated, white 100% cotton fabric. PFD “prepared for dyeing” fabric is not required but guarantees best results. Dharma Trading’s cotton print cloth is my favorite. If you wish to experiment further, bring smaller amounts of undyed plant based cloth (eg. linen, hemp) or silk. 


For Shibori:

Thread: stronger than regular sewing thread (eg. Button & Carpet, Upholstery, etc.)

Sewing needles (large enough for above thread), thimble if you use one

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

Waxed dental floss (any flavor)

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

Seam ripper (optional)

Masking tape 

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

A few pebbles, beans or marbles

Clothespins--two dozen or more (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).



A  soft pencil

A 12 inch ruler (c-thru if you have one)

A notebook or sketchbook for notes, samples (optional)

A small spray bottle

A couple of 1-quart plastic containers (eg. Yogurt, deli)

A 1 to 2 gallon bucket for rinsing and transporting

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

A large trash bag to cover work space

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


A roll of paper towels

Rubber gloves (a la Playtex)

Surgical weight rubber gloves (optional)

A dust mask (optional, for handling fiber reactive dyes)

Students should wear old clothes. 


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. Easy to find at Staples, Lowes, etc.  Your venue may have pipes you can use. Check with them.


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

There is a materials fee. If you have any questions, contact Carol Anne at For more information, see



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