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Japanese Indigo Dyeing Returns to Carteret County for a second Two-Day Shibori Workshop

Raleigh artists Susan Oliver Fennell and Janine LeBlanc will hold their second two-day indigo dyeing workshop at the Beaufort Art Center on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, November 14 from noon to 5 pm.

Indigo dyeing has been practiced all over the world for hundreds of years. Its characteristic blue color can range from a pale sky blue to nearly black and is still used to dye denim jeans.

This hands-on workshop will use a Japanese approach to resist dyeing, or shibori, to create distinctive patterns on fabric. Participants can either explore a variety of techniques such as itajime (clamp resist), arashi (pole wrapping), tying and stitching or build on their experience in the first workshop.

Participants can bring their own fabric for a specific project. Silk, cotton and rayon scarves and yardage will also be available for purchase. No previous dyeing or sewing experience is necessary.

Susan spent her formative years in Japan and brings a deep understanding of Japanese culture. She has taught both Japanese language and indigo dyeing in Wake County schools. Janine brings her experience from her work with Japanese textiles at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NCSU.

To register for the workshop, call 252-622-8416 and leave a message or e-mail The workshop is limited to 12 participants with a minimum of six. Please reserve your space by registering before November 7. Cost is $100 plus $10 materials fee.

For additional information about the workshop, contact Janine at 919-881-8330 or Photos of Susan’s indigo dyed cloth can be found at


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