Shibori Patterning and Dyeing


Artists and instructors Susan Fae Haglund and Dana Bush invite you to join them in a two-day workshop to discover and experiment with Shibori patterning and dyeing techniques. Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using stitched, tied, folded, rolled, and blocked resists: think tie-dye taken to the extreme!

During the first day of the workshop (September 10th), the instructors will guide you through the process of creating a variety of patterns on white cotton with a variety of techniques such as hand stitching, machine stitching, tying, folding, and clamping. Creating and collecting the different sample pieces of fabric will give you the opportunity to make a garment or quilt.

The second day of the workshop, which will be held the following week on September 17th, you will have the opportunity to develop and work on a project of your own with the support of the instructors. You may either work on a cotton scarf provided by the instructors, or on cotton or linen yardage or garment of your choice to develop a personal project. This entire day will be devoted to experimenting, stitching and dyeing with synthetic dyes.


Most supplies are provided. You need to bring the following supplies with you to both days of the workshop:

  • Lunch, snacks, water-bottle
  • Notebook or sketchbook for taking notes
  • Apron or old clothes (We will dye outside, if the weather is dry, so wear appropriate clothes).
  • Pure cotton or linen, garment or yardage for final project (you may purchase used garments ahead of time, but they must not have synthetic fibres, such as polyester or spandex).
  • Rubber or nitrile gloves.


Single Tickets: $245

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Susan Fae Haglund is a textile artist specializing in altering cotton fabrics into beautiful and functional art pieces. She experiments with found objects in her work and creates colourful banners and sculptures using a combination of batik and Shibori techniques. The detail lines and placement of objects in her work stem from her art degree in drawing and photography, the play in line and light are her unique traits.The sewing machine and variety of colour threads and fabric dyes are main ingredients to her and Facebook/susanfaeart.

Dana Bush is a textile artist and practicing ecologist. After painting in watercolours for many years, she attended ACAD where she fell in love with craft and textile art. She studied with Bill Morton, a textile artist who spent 14 years in Japan, and has taken courses on shibori and natural dyeing with Yoshiko Wado, Akemi Nakano Cohn, and Michel Garcia.  Dana’s art focuses images of plants and animals, which are then made into three-dimensional pieces that convey ecological concepts. The result is a cross-media collection of mobiles, silk paintings, transparent hangings, flexagons, and book arts. Artist website: