Posts Tagged ‘Indigo workshop’

A catch

September 9, 2016

Early this afternoon, a special and long awaited “guest” arrived in the garden:

today's catch

today’s catch

This may be the sole reason why I plant milkweed and other assorted flowers and herbs. I love all of the life they attract, the finches, hummingbirds, other butterflies and of course, bees. The monarch, though, feels like something much more, and it appeared this afternoon, flitting about, never resting. So, this was pure serendipity.


arashi on the first body piece

In the meantime, dye work continues on a current focus – the yukata. I may have mentioned earlier, that this third one may take more time.

It also came to mind that in none of my write ups regarding the upcoming workshop (at Pullen Arts Center, Raleigh – please see the Workshop page) did I mention to bring a bag lunch. I’ve altered that, but wanted to make a note of it.






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Samples, a set on Flickr.

And we will consider them. I think over a four week period we can do it.

We’re a week away now. Preparations will probably be in progress up until the last minute. It’s just how it is.

Focus will be on one technique (roughly) and related patterns each week. That should keep things fairly simple or at least distinct.

That’s the plan, the approach, but I really look forward to seeing the results of the participants. There’s always amazement there and stories.

So, in the meantime, I’m looking forward to clearing skies – even just a bit. The sun has appeared a few times this week, just enough to let things dry. That is a necessity when one is dyeing (things).

Storm clouds

September 30, 2012


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

They started moving in Friday, and the rain started in the evening. Wind, thunder and lightning and of course, rain poured on Saturday, so there was no moon to view.

In addition, a copperhead was discovered in the garage, so I wasn’t inclined to be in the dye studio after that. It still makes me a little nervous to go out there. It simply means, more yard work is needed.

A visit to Meredith earlier in the weekend though, was a delight. I enjoyed seeing the finished results of aizomeshibori on the scarves from the workshop, and then again, the gardens around the art building were irresistible.

Upcoming: Indigo for Educators

September 11, 2012

Artspace just posted this and thought I should do the same.  I’ve also added it to my “Workshops” page.  I’m looking forward to this one – putting indigo into another context – as a product or topic for education.




Artspace – 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh

educators must show ID upon registering

Through the experience of one dye, Indigo, students can connect their everyday lives with the history, geography and culture of the rest of the planet.  Teachers will be introduced to approaches and resources in bringing this experience to their classroom as well as a hands-on activity.
Instructor: Susan Fennell
Tuition & Materials: $30


July 15, 2012

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

OK, in this case, the small rocks or pebbles is just a means to an end. I suppose. I’ve been trying to bring to a conclusion my plans for tomorrow’s first lesson at Artspace – rising 3rd – 5th grade.

I have a strategy in mind, apart from my students’ activities. It’s the first day on the heels of having arrived home (today) from teaching a workshop in the mountains. I’m trying to keep things simple and the rocks will help.

They will have everything to do with tomorrow’s lesson involving that “blue magic.” Having just collected and rinsed the rocks, it’s now time to re-pack a few things, only for the day.

That workshop in the mountains? More about that later…things to think about, pictures to peruse and words to gather.

Indigo & Shibori in Beaufort, NC

July 6, 2011

Over dyed with Indigo

Indigo & Shibori at the Beaufort Art Center in Beaufort, NC

Just thought I’d add this link with the detailed information again. That time is getting close and as I understand it, there are still a few openings for attendees. If you are interested, you are very welcome. We have a grand time down in that very charming town located on the coast.

fyi:  in the last day, we’ve been discussing a one-day option for those who may prefer that.  So, if you are interested in a more modified format, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  The full weekend gives more time for greater exploration.  It’s also summer…a good time for slowing down and working with slow cloth!

Indigo & Shibori Workshop in Beaufort, NC

June 7, 2011

Indigo over Black on rayon

Shibori~~~ Indigo dye workshop at the Beaufort Art Center:

Update:  I’m noticing some traffic on this page so wanted to add a  note at the top – if you are interested but only available for a day – we can be flexible along that line as well. Just contact us. We still have room!

What you need to know:
Raleigh artists Susan Oliver Fennell and Janine LeBlanc will hold their third two-day indigo dye workshop at the Beaufort Art Center, 204 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC on Saturday, July 16th from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, Sunday July 17th 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.

In this workshop, participants will use a traditional Japanese approach to transforming 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 fabric to be used for a specific project — an article of clothing, fabric for a garment, quilt or tablecloth. The fabric will first be dyed a solid color using Procion MX dye and then over dyed and discharged using indigo. Participants can either 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, as well as Shibori workshops for Elementary School teachers.   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 10 participants with a minimum of six. Please reserve your space by registering before July 10th. Cost is $115 which includes the cost of the dyes (the fee changes with those wanting a 1 day experience).

For additional information about the workshop:
contact Janine at 919-881-8330 or
Photos of Susan’s work can be found at

Since I last posted about the workshop, you might note that the date has been moved forward a week.

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