Perfecting Traditional and Contemporary Shibori M/T

Beginning/Intermediate With Jen Swearington 


Shaped resist dyeing is a textile art that is thousands of years old. In Japan it is known as Shibori, in other cultures by a variety of names; Plangi, Bandhani, Adire and Tie-Dye. While applying pressure to shaped fabrics before and during dyeing, we can create exquisite patterns of infinite variety on textiles. Samples from all over the world provide unending approaches to practice resist techniques such as stitching, knotting, pole wrapping, clamping and rope wrapping. Contemporary Shibori artists have further modified and created their style in the art of shaped resist. 

There will be instruction and demonstration on the basics and more contemporary techniques of arashi, itajime and ori-nui Shibori. Emphasis will be on perfecting resist techniques; creating clear resisted areas and beautiful textures. We will use a variety of methods to apply dye; comparing immersion, painting and pouring techniques. We will also discuss inspiration and choosing color.     

 Jen Swearington is an enthusiastic, high-energy, knowledgeable educator with twenty years’ experience in surface design and a lifetime devoted to working as an artist. She has operated Jennythreads, an independent handmade fashion studio and crafted a creative living since 2003. She is the author of Printing on Fabric: Techniques with Screens, Stencils, Inks, and Dyes published by Lark Crafts, has exhibited in Quilt National three times, is a former Arrowmont Resident Artist, and current member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, as well as a South Carolina State Journeyman Beekeeper. She has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, University of North Carolina-Asheville, Haywood Community College, and John C. Campbell Folk School. Her workshop topics include fashion design and sewing, surface design including shibori and screen printing, and related art-making processes such as drawing, paper cutting, book arts, sketchbook practices, mixed media, as well as beginning beekeeping.



Workshop Title                                         

 Perfecting Traditional and Contemporary Shibori M/T Beginning/Intermediate

Workshop Dates                                       


Workshop Description

 Two day workshop using advanced techniques to perfect traditional and contemporary Shibori.

Materials provided  Shibori samples and books, handouts, silk scarf to dye, acid dye, citric acid, discharge chemicals, chop sticks, itajimi shapes, clamps, patterns and squeeze bottles.

Cost of materials provided



What students are required to
bring to workshop                          

Apron, smock, or studio clothes • Notepad and pen /pencil • Idea books/magazines/sketchbooks — Shibori and/or color inspiration • Particle mask or respirator • Rubber, nitrile, or latex gloves • Water Soluble Fabric Pen • Scissors • Needles – eye large enough for thread but not so large that it leaves holes in your fabric • A few spools of thread, can be old/ colors you don't like • Large ball or cone of sturdy string — poly or poly/cotton 6 or 8 ply • metal spring clamps – 4” & 6” • Rope, nylon, polyester, or cotton -- 1⁄4” and 3⁄4” diameter, about 72” in length • 4 to 5 feet or longer nylon rope 3/4” diameter or larger (length needs to be longer than fabric • At least 4 yards silk fabric in natural white, a variety of weaves without finishes or scrubbed prior to class, may also bring blank scarves, garments, scraps, etc. to dye.