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Shibori: Japanese Pattern Dyeing Class

Event Details:

Event Type: Announcement
Location: Grinnell Arts Center, 926 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA 50112
Time: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Categories: Arts & Culture
Workshops & Classes

Event Description:

Instructor: Rebecca Loew
When: Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:00 PM October 4, 11, 18, 25
Where: Grinnell Arts Center basement (926 Broad St)
Ages: 16+
Tuition: $125 (25% high school and college student discount; enter code STUDENT25). Click HERE to register.

Shibori is the Japanese ancient art of making shapes and patterns on cloth using stitching, tying, folding, clamping, and pole-wrapping. This class will explore many different traditional and contemporary techniques and use indigo for dying to produce beautiful designs on cotton fabric. We will also dye one silk scarf or silk fabric using fresh indigo leaves and produce a table runner or dresser scarf.

Fee includes materials prepped by Rebecca: fabric, stitching thread, dye, needles, and detailed handouts. Students will need to wear old clothes and an apron. 

Students also need to bring:

  • small, sharp pointed scissors (embroidery type works well)
  • A 1-2 gallon bucket or wide mouth gallon jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • seam ripper
  • 12" ruler
  • 6 plastic bags (grocery, trash, gallon Ziploc, etc.)
  • 1 qt. plastic container (old yogurt or freezer containers work fine)

About the instructor: Rebecca Loew is a textile artist living in Grinnell, Iowa.  She has been quilting for over 35 years, but in recent years she has explored many other areas of the fiber arts. She has taught at Cornerstone Quilts, the Grinnell Area Arts Council and is currently on the faculty of the Des Moines Art Center. Rebecca says, "I find the mystery and sculptural nature of tying, stitching, folding, and dyeing cloth intriguing.  It often takes me in directions I didn't plan on going."

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