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Carol Anne Grotrian



This workshop will focus on indigo dyeing. We’ll prepare fabric in shibori patterns from various world traditions, which we’ll dye in smaller vats that are more practical for most people’s time and space. Synthetic indigo mimics the original plant source and assures results. (2 day workshop--bring a small amount of extra fabric for experimenting--see below.)



2 yds of washed, dried, untreated, 44-45 “ wide 100% white cotton, cut in the following manner:


1. cut 9” (1/4  yard) strips across the fabric’s width (you’ll get 5 for sure, the 6th may be a bit  smaller if prewashing shrank the yardage)

2. cut 2 of these strips into 9” squares = 8 - 9”squares + 2 smaller leftovers

3. cut 3 of these strips in half = 6 - 9” x 22” rectangles

4. bring the leftovers to class for experimenting


Small amount of cotton, linen or silk: small amounts for experimenting (optional)

(Note: PFD or "prepared for dyeing" fabric is not required but guarantees the best results.)


Other Materials:

Thread: Button & Carpet, Craft or Upholstery Thread (stronger than for regular sewing)

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

Twine (e.g. kite string) or medium to heavy weight crochet thread (leftovers okay, about 3-5 yards)

Waxed dental floss, any flavor

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

Seam ripper (optional)



A 12-inch ruler

Masking tape

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

A few pebbles, beans or marbles

Clothespins (12 or more), plastic or wooden, the ones with moving parts) AND/OR large paper clips

(2-Day only: A couple of wine corks)


Small spray bottle

A 1-quart plastic container (eg. yogurt) 

A smallbucket (1-2 gal.)

Box of gallon baggies (to take home damp dyed fabric)


A trash bag

A roll of paper towels

An old towel

Rubber Gloves (a la Playtex)

Surgical weight rubber gloves (optional)

Wear old clothes


I’ll supply the following if the workshop is within driving distance of Cambridge; otherwise it’s optional for students to bring:  PVC pipe, 24 inches long (max.), 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. If leftover from plumbing project, outside surface needs to be smooth and non perforated.

Bring any shibori or tie dye samples you may have and a sample of your work, if you wish.

Note: Materials fee is $4; for 2-day class $7.  If you have any questions, contact Carol Anne  at  857-253-1904 or Also see



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