Layering Shibori with Discharge and Color TH/F

Intermediate/Advanced With Doshi

Shibori is  the method of enhancing fabric, creating depth and mystery through color and texture. We will explore layers of resist and various methods of color application to increase the complexity of imagery and pattern. We will also look at color; inspiration, choosing and mixing with acid dyes on a variety of silk fabrics, building layers of rich color through processes such as pour dyeing, immersion dyeing and painting. Layering color upon color adds visual depth and allows the fabric to vibrate visually. We will also explore combining different methods of shaped resist to the fabric, using two methods in one wrap and layering a second wrap over one that has been dyed, using discharge in between.

Knowledge of how to do Shibori resist from personal experimentation or a previous class is expected so the layering and color work can be accomplished.

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.

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 Layering Shibori with Discharge and Color TH/F Intermediate/Advanced

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Workshop Description

 Two day workshop using advanced techniques to layer color with Shibori color and Discharge.

Materials provided shibori samples and books, handouts, silk fabric samples to dye, acid dye, citric acid, discharge chemicals, chop sticks, ikat tape, Itajimi shapes, clamps, patterns, squeeze bottles, brushes

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.