online shibori class

itajime lesson 1


All week long I have been meaning to get this post to announce the rerunning of my online class, Shibori Techniques on Silk. (click the link for details) The beauty of shibori is that it was created in a much simpler time, yet resulted in some stupendous fabric designs and possibilities. It was created out of ingenuity and a desire to have a cottage industry making decorative fabrics for commercial purposes. Over time, and with practice, this craft has risen to great heights-limited only by the makers imagination and willingness to practice it to near perfection and limitless possibilities.

If there is anything that I would like to get across in this workshop it is that it’s not the materials, supplies, or perfect studio setup that makes the art or the artist. It’s your ingenuity in using what you have on hand in inventive and creative ways that will produce interesting results-often leading you on to the next level and asking you to wonder….what if…..?

tigga inspecting the orinui last from last years class


One of the reasons I offer this online class is to reach out to people who want to take a class on their own schedule or who don’t get out to take classes at shows or other venues. I’ve been teaching various classes online now for 4 years and I’m pleased with the way teaching online has developed. By using video, skype, and private blogs you can organize an online class that has a real community feeling.

I’ve received several emails from people wanting to know if they could do this class in their apartment or kitchen. ( Yes!) This is one of the reasons I like to teach with the Colorhue dyes. They are simple and non toxic and even though they have their limitations (no true red or black) you can easily use them in a home setting or with kids. There are no fumes, no heat or chemicals involved in setting the dyes. I’m also offering a workshop materials kit for those who would like one. Otherwise, you can collect your own materials from someone like Dharma Trading.

stitches from the heart-makiage and mokume


This is an enhanced version of the class I ran last year on Joggles. I have been asked many times when or if it would be offered again. I decided back then that I wanted to have control over my own classes as there were things I wanted to do (like the videos and skypeing) that those sorts of sites didn’t offer. I also like the blog style format for the online classes. It’s much more visual and interactive when everyone is posting their work, asking and answering questions, and commenting and critiquing. Between shows, orders, making, and life in general it has taken me this long to step up to pulling this together! Hard to believe. Likely, this will be the only time I will offer this class online this year. Even though much of the class is already prepared, I always feel there is more to add and will be doing just that along the way. Enrollment is not limited but you must enroll by Feb 28 so I can get everyone set up on the blog/forum prior to the start of the workshop. Get out your wondering hats and let’s have some fun!

34 thoughts on “online shibori class

  1. deanna7trees

    Glennis, i’m thinking about signing up for this class and ordering the kit you are offering. can you give me an idea of what other supplies i will need like clamps, buckets, etc. thanks. deanna

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      you can actually use any fiber or dye that you want or are comfortable using. i will be focusing the techniques on the dyesets i know-colorhue and acid dyes but you are welcome to use whatever you can find or have on hand.
      I am looking to see if there are any distributors of the colorhue outside the US or if there is a similar product available over there. i’ll post what i find out. waiting to hear…

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  2. shiborigirl Post author

    hold off on the kit- I can only ship to the continental US. (the expense of shipping liquids via FEDEX or UPS internationally is prohibitive!)
    I am looking to see if the Colorhue is available in the UK and Australia…

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      1. Katerina

        UK Shropshire,
        I checked the link -thank you.
        Yes I can order the paint…what about silk. can I use any?

        mmmm I am so looking forwad for the classes

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        1. shiborigirl Post author

          yes- any kind you like. it’s nice to have a variety as each type dyes differently and you will get some experience in various fabrics to see what you like working with best. part of building your knowledge base.

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  3. anna rice

    Hi Glennis –
    Fab that you are teaching this class again…I just signed up for it…need a refresher on some of the stitching techniques…looking forward to learning more…
    anna in tampa

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  4. coolquilting

    I am 99% sure that I will take this class too. Dharma will send the Colorhue dyes to Canada(I will also order some silks). They even checked to make sure the dyes will survive freezing which is important if the package is left on the outside steps and it is -20 degrees still!

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  5. Teddy Munslow

    I signed up for the class and purchased thevkit but have not heard from you? could you please verify my order went through? thank you.

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  6. shiborigirl Post author

    hmmm…. I don’t see an order under your name or email. can you tell me the date you placed the order or if perhaps you used a different name or email? The class doesn’t start until March 9 and materials (if you ordered a kit) will be shipped out Feb 28.

    will await your reply-(sent you an email also…)
    thanks
    until then you can visit the class site here:
    http://shiboriworkshop.wordpress.com/

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  7. marie-claire

    hi glennis and thanks a lot.the package with the silks and the little surprises arrived just on time to-day and i’m looking forward to your shiboriclass, marie-claire

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  8. Paula Phillips

    Love your work and would be so happy to take a future shibori ribbon class. What are your future class plans?
    Polly

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  9. shiborigirl Post author

    we are only in week 2 of this class and i won’t repeat this class again this year.
    future online classes i would like to do would be one for the ribbon flower work and a second one just for indigo.

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