Indigo Workshop

Come learn the art of Shibori

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Oakland Nov 4        11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite 

Oakland Nov 4           2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  11:00am – 2:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26    11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26     2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing that involves folding, twisting or bunching of cloth and binding it, then dyeing in indigo. 

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using natural dyes, and in this class you will use natural indigo, which antibacterial properties and has been used abundantly throughout history around the world. Learn the fundamentals of this timeless pattern-making process. We will concentrate on folding, tying, and using clamp resists, and dye in a plant-derived indigo vat. All dye materials and several pieces of cotton will be provided.

I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to create unique fabric creations, whether the end product is a quilt or garment. Creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience that I try to pass on in my workshops. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques.

Please join me at one of my local classes or suggest that your guild hire me for a lecture and workshop.

Friday Fun – 16 Gifts for Christmas

What do you give your …

Today I was asked what I give to my postman.

I have to stop and think about all the gifts I have made over the past few years for Christmas presents. So here are a few of them.

I hope this list helps you with your last minute gifts.

Aprons are great gifts for a young couple or someone you know who loves to cook. Maybe you will recieve a cookie plate in return!
I made this apron extra special with embroidery and rick-rack at the waist band.
I was able to create unique aprons for each person on my list, based on their personalities.
Pillow are great gifts, and who could not use one for their special chair?  I added hand stitching which shows my love for the person recieving this gift.
Now this one-of-a-kind overnight bag is for a very special someone. The sashiko embroidery was all hand stitched.
This repurposed mat was made for my daughter’s 5th grade reading corner.
Reading made fun when sitting on this mat made from pockets.
My boys both have quilts I’ve made from repurposed denim. Quilts are great gifts for the man in your life.
This quilt is stitched and embroidered on top.
Pillows anyone?
Coasters are great gifts for everyone.
I used this special frabric from Africa.
Denim is the back frabrc.
And what about your little friends? They also like sashiko patches added to a pair of pants.
This handbag is perfect for a young girl.
I made this pillow and gave it to my mother’s best friend for Christmas.
Have a friend give you their jeans, and you add hand-stitched embellishment to them.
This bag went to a very special friend.
I turned flying geese into a top, just for my daughter.
By adding fabric behind the holes in these jeans you get designer style.


Clothing is something fun to make and give.
This dress is wanted by many of my friends… so, who gets it?
Give the gift of a quilting calss or sewing class with supplies.

Handmade gifts are the best way to show your love. No one else can make it but you!

Tuesday Tip – Rethink Gift Giving

For those of us with a fabric lover in our life, we know they can be intimidating to shop for. You never know what sewing tools they already have, and they have strong opinions on fabric. How do you know what they will like?

Skip the shopping, and give the gift of a class or a workshop!

  • Check your local quilt guild or fabric shop for upcoming classes.
  • Some are taught by well-known local or visiting artists and designers.
  • It’s a great way for sewists to meet and learn new techniques.
  • Get involved in your local sewing community.
  • Show your fabric friend that you support and encourage her passion!

Look for my upcoming Indigo Shibori Dye Workshop in January!