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Stitch Resist Masterclass

  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)

With Jane Callender

$695 [Includes $130 lab fee] class limit 16. Sept 26-30 (Wed-Sun) 10am-4pm.

This workshop thoroughly explores stitch-resist shibori. 

Jane Callender is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative artisans working in stitch-resist today. An accomplished instructor and author, Jane returns this year to teach this comprehensive masterclass.

Students will refine skills in stitching, itajime, cylinder-wrapping, pleating, and binding. We will then move on to lesser known techniques such as hotaru shibori and shirokage shibori. The class will experiment with cores (what the fabric is wrapped around) for additional variations.

The importance of stitch to these techniques will lead to a consideration of motif design with the goal of pattern-planning for a complete piece. A look at the geometric principles of repeat patterns will give students the power to move on to more complicated arrangements.

Taking the timeless indigo traditions as our starting point, students will become familiar with different vats (organic, natural, and synthetic) and learn how to maintain and revive  the vats. From blues we will expand our technique to embrace other colours: natural dyes, iron rust, tannins, and fibre-reactive dyes. 

Jane offers a structured beginning to the masterclass with opportunity for adventurous excursions. Be prepared for a fully focused and intensive week, for every process in this genre takes time. Callishibori stencils will be available for use.

Experience with stitch-resist is necessary for this workshop.

Jane joins us from the UK.

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Jane Callender has committed herself to the art of shibori resist dyeing for over three decades. She is now internationally recognized as a leader in the art of shibori.

Her distinctive stitched style is grounded in the truth of geometry. Her work demonstrates a passion for pattern, exceptional control, and a master’s understanding of the genre. Her larger compositions—Indigo Spring, Kaleidoscope, and award-winning Indigo Squared—not only demonstrate technical accomplishment but show a uniquely personal connection with cloth.

“Pattern can be as expressive as music, as transient as breeze, or as stern as granite; it can lift the spirit or take it to a more somber place.” Her book 2000 Pattern Combinations was also published in Japan in Japanese script. She has recently published her second book, Stitched Shibori, already in its second printing.

Jane was born in Penang, Malaya, and studied textiles at the University of Creative Arts, Farnham, UK. She is based in Norfolk in the UK where her home and garden are her studio.

Earlier Event: September 26
Adventures in World Textiles - Day 3
Later Event: September 28
Banjara Stitches