JC12 Traditional Ikat and Shibori Techniques for the Indigo Dyepot with Jackie Ottino Graf

An all day indigo adventure! We will explore a variety of techniques to create beautiful indigo dyed textiles: stitching, folding, clamping and tying, and spend the morning getting our fabrics ready to dye in indigo. After a lunch break, we will return to learn how to create a traditional indigo vat, and dye our fabrics. Proficiency Level:  No experience necessary. Bring to Class: A package of spring clothespins and a set of dishwashing gloves. Plastic bags or containers to transport wet items. Also consider  bringing any interesting items that would create a resist on fabric: washers, cds, stones, shells, marbles…. please also feel free to bring up to a ½ pound of  your own clean items to dip in the dye pot and/or practice our techniques on. This can be yarn, fiber, fabric, clothing etc. (We may or may not get to dyeing our personal items in class, but there is often leftover dye…I hate to see it go to waste!)

Class fee: $100.
Materials fee (payable to the instructor at the start of class): $50. Covers all dyes and equipment, as well as a set of four cotton napkins, a large silk scarf and a small pillow cover to practice shibori styles on.

This class is being held in the “Dye Shed” (Shed #2) at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum. This location is NOT at the Fairgrounds. It is directly across the street from the fairgrounds and the rooms for the classes are about a mile back from the street. Plan on driving all the way back to the classroom location. There will be signs directing you. Please plan accordingly for rooms without electricity. There are restrooms with hot and cold water within a reasonable distance from the classrooms. You may want to dress warmly if it is a cold day as the buildings do not have heat. Please leave enough time to get to this location so you can get to class on time and not disturb classes in progress. 

Jackie Ottino is a dyer from Maine who feels incredibly lucky to be paid to do fiber things. She dyes yarns for her own brand, Forage Color, as well as curates dyestuffs from the local landscape and around the world. She also dyes and consults for other yarn producers, and teaches fun workshops all over the country. In her spare time she drives her kids to swim meets and knits sweaters while cheering them on.

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