ARTsPLACE Gallery ~ Shibori and Sashiko Workshop with Kate Ward ~ Oct. 26 & 27

Shibori and Sashiko Workshop with Kate Ward at ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal


Where: ARTsPLACE Gallery, 396 St. George St., Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
When: October 26 & 27, 2019, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm with a lunch break (lunch not included)
Workshop Cost: $200 ($150 plus $50 for materials)
For ages 18+

Japanese textiles that have been pieced, patched, repaired and passed down from generation to generation are known as boro. The embroidered and repaired cloths embrace the concept of ‘wabi sabi’, beauty in an object’s impermanence and imperfection, making a feature of the repair is the art of visible mending.

This weekend retreat focuses on natural indigo dye, hand-stitching, and mending. Over the weekend participants will discover the magic of indigo, shibori and sashiko. On Saturday, we immerse ourselves in the art of shibori, where the cloth is bound, wrapped, stitched and clamped to create patterns on fabric dipped in a natural indigo dye vat. On Sunday, we learn Sashiko embroidery, a Japanese textile mending and reinforcing technique involving a simple running stitch that creates beautiful yet practical embellishments used to mend clothes while also adding meaning and mindfulness to our work.

Included in the price: fabric (cotton, linen, silk), sashiko threads and needles, fabric marking pens, contained within a cloth bag. At the end of the workshop participants will leave with a variety of different shibori patterns, a binder of notes on how to do the different dye and stitch techniques, a sampler of sashiko stitches and potentially a finished artwork incorporating the shibori and sashiko stitches.