Date/TimeDate(s) - 05/03/2018 - 12/03/2018
Proper Crafty Retreats
A Week Long Immersive Course in Shibori
A wonderful opportunity to spend a whole week learning and creating plants, flowers, landscape and other natural forms and patterns in shibori stitch resist. Under Annabel’s expert guidance, you will be introduced to the many techniques available and then guided and helped to achieve your projects and ideas.
Inspiration & Guidance
The course is based in a lovely building on the River Tamar in Cornwall. We will visit the exciting Eden Project nearby to inspire you in your designs and creations. Using camera or sketch book to collect images and ideas for your work.
We will be using both indigo and fibre reactive dyes during the week so a chance to create shibori in golds, oranges, greens or whatever colours you chose. You will learn how to dye with fibre reactive dyes mixing the colours and adding the chemicals required to make permanent glowing colours.
With such a length of time to explore and experience using shibori you will be able to make some lovely finished pieces, such as hangings, cushion covers and scarves. As well as many samples to inspire you in future work.
During this week’s course we are going to learn all about stitch resist shibori, how to use the different ways of manipulating the fabric to create beautiful designs. Annabel will demonstrate and introduce you to many shibori techniques along with showing you how to dye with indigo and fibre reactive dyes. You will go home full of knowledge and inspiration for creating your own original fabrics.
Day 1 Arrival
Meet and greet supper with wine to get your creative juices flowing! Annabel will display a variety of her work; hangings, lampshades, scarves and cushions and discuss how she made them.
Day 2 Create and explore shibori with indigo
During your first day Annabel will introduce you to the 5 principal techniques of shibori stitch resist. You will make some small pieces to explore these methods and learn to dye with indigo.
Day 3 Outing to the Eden Project.
With sketch books and cameras we will venture to the amazing Eden Project for inspiration from the natural world for the following days projects.
Day 4 Make and discover shibori with fibre reactive dyes.
Applying the techniques learnt previously you will be introduced to fibre reactive dyes and many glorious colours that can be created. You will begin to develop your own designs from the inspirational trip to the Eden Project.
Day 5 Shibori Projects.
Annabel will introduce a few more shibori stitch resist methods for you to incorporate into your designs. Working from sketch book and camera Annabel will guide you in designing and making your own individual shibori pieces for example a large hanging, a set of cushions, an amazing scarf.
Day 6 Shibori projects
Day 7 Shibori Projects
The morning will be used to complete your main project that was started on day 5. The afternoon will be taken up with dyeing both indigo and fibre reactive dyes.
Day 8 The day we will say our goodbyes.
Most flights are later in the afternoon so the studio will be open for you to use all morning followed by lunch before you leave.
Great Food & Elegant Accommodation
The course is being organised and managed by Philippa Adams and Frances Hamel of Proper Crafty an offshoot of Crafty Retreats who for 3 years have been running amazing residential creative courses in France. You will be well looked after!
Prices include full board, wine, airport or train transfers, outing, tuition, use of sewing machines and all course supplies.
Please click the link to go to the Proper Crafty website for prices and booking information.