Shibori: Shaped Resist Dyeing

August 5 - August 9, 2022

Shibori: Shaped Resist Dyeing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $95

This class will introduce you to shibori, the ancient Japanese dyeing technique that utilizes a variety of methods – wrapping, tying, stitching, folding, twisting – to create richly textured patterns of color on fabric. Participants will focus on pole-wrapped/arashi shibori, stitch resist shibori, and clamped/itajime shibori. Once you are familiar with the fundamentals, we will focus on a variety of overdyeing techniques to create further depth and pattern to our work. Everyone will complete a series of finished wearable pieces as well as fabric samples suitable for multiple uses.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Kachina Leigh

Kachina Leigh is a nationally recognized fiber artist and educator. Her work is included in the Lark publication 500 Felt Objects as well as Uncovering Fashion: Fashion Communications Across the Media. She is a state-juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and a member of Surface Design Organization. Her studio is located at the GoggleWorks in Reading, PA. She earned a B.A. in English and French with an Art History minor at Albright College; she received her Master’s in Art History from Temple University and her MFA at the University of the Arts. Ms. Leigh has participated in a variety of educational programs that have enabled her to study textiles in Bahrain, Japan, Mexico, Qatar, South Africa, Turkey and numerous countries in Europe. She has shared her love of shibori throughout the United States and most recently, through a series of workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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