We’ve Got the Blues

08Anyone passing the Penlee Coach House on Saturday would have met with the astonishing sight of two clothes lines full of beautiful bits of blue fabric waving in the autumn breeze.

A group of West Cornwall DFAS members spent the day learning the art of shibori – Japanese fabric dyeing using stitching, binding, twisting and clamping. Instructor Vivien Prideaux led us through a full day, explaining what exactly indigo is and telling us how she nurtures her indigo vat, a bubbling cauldron of blue liquid.

Using the techniques Vivien demonstrated, we created some stunning patterns on our fabrics. And even though we all came equipped with our Marigolds, most of us went home with blue fingers!

More photos of the workshop can be seen here.

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