Indigo dyeing & Shibori in Beaufort, NC


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Originally uploaded by SOFennell

Amazingly, it’s time again to be thinking about our next workshop.

Here’s the write up:

Raleigh artists Susan Oliver Fennell and Janine LeBlanc will hold their third two-day indigo dyeing workshop at the Beaufort Art Center, Beaufort, NC on Saturday, February 12, 2010 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, February 13 from noon to 5 pm [This has been postponed to spring – I don’t have a date as yet].

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.

In this workshop, participants will use a traditional Japanese approach to transforming a piece of fabric using stitching, binding, capping, pole wrapping and clamping. We will use a slow and meditative approach to the design and preparation of a piece of one piece of fabric for a specific project — an article of clothing, a quilt or a tablecloth. The fabric will first be dyed a solid color using Procion MX dye and then over dyed using indigo. Participants should bring their own fabric or contact the workshop leaders for suggestions. 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 February 6. 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 fabric can be found at

Some examples relating specifically to the topic can be found here.


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2 Responses to “Indigo dyeing & Shibori in Beaufort, NC”

  1. neki rivera Says:

    thanks for the link to your flickr, made me think of some possibilities. awfully bad that i can’t take your workshop 😦

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