Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shibori Dream Day!

Julie of Julie Sinden Handmade hosted a few friends for a perfect afternoon in her backyard. On top of her other creative endeavours, she teaches shibori and other natural dye workshops. Several friends have expressed interest, so she came up with the genius idea of a Summer backyard party and indigo workshop. The weather was perfect, not super hot as most days have been, so just ideal for a day of working outside in the sun.
Julie gave us a brief overview of the history and background of indigo and then showed us some examples with an explanation of how to achieve the different patterns.
She started by showing us how to prepare the vats and then let us loose with all the clamps, threads, wood bits to prepare our fabric.
I was a super keener and wanted to try everything. I brought some hankies, cotton totes and random fabric to play with.
Loved watched things change colour between dips and oxidization.
It was so fun to watch everyone unravel their pieces to see how they turned out! 
Julie even came across a wine called Indigo at the farmer's market and had to grab it for the occasion!
Surprises being unfurled!
I did a few panels of velveteen that I plan on making into throw cushions. I have every colour in my home except blue, so some adjustments will have to be made 'cause I can't get enough of these!
As our workshop came to a close, Julie prepared a lovely meal and Aube cheffed up the most beautiful and delicious tart. Check out her blog for some unbelievably drool-worthy food inspiration and other life stories.
I don't think I have ever eaten so well in a backyard! Delicious!
It was a perfect day! Did I already say that? I so enjoyed the amazing company of smart and interesting women and was so happy to be reminded of how much I enjoy the act of making things!

Thanks to Julie for all the fun!



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