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Introduction to Shibori and Indigo—With Maki-nui Roped Stitch


Learn the basics of traditional Japanese shibori and gain experience with indigo dyeing during this one-day introductory class.

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This one-day class is a great introduction to shibori, a traditional Japanese handcraft similar to tie-dye. We will learn the maki-nui roped stitching technique to create a beautiful pattern on an organic cotton bandanna. We will dye the cloth in a natural indigo vat, revealing the design in the rich blues of this gorgeous color.

Design layout, fabric preparation, and different indigo vats will be discussed. We will mark and stitch during the first half of the day. In the afternoon we’ll practice the slow rhythm of dyeing with natural indigo, unpick stitches, and wash and neutralize our fabric. You will leave with the resources for continuing shibori and indigo dyeing at home. Jazmin’s collection of textile and dyeing books will be available for browsing. More shibori classes are offered at Jazmin’s craft school in Ashland, WI.

Required Tools/Materials Students Need to Bring:

  • small thread snip scissors
  • seam ripper
  • apron/old shirt for dyeing in
  • reading glasses if you need them
  • headlamp (optional)
  • Note: gloves will be provided by the instructor for use during dyeing

Dates: Sunday, June 11, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: DFG Studio at 2701 W. Superior St., Suite 210, Duluth, MN 55806

Tuition: $ 105 DFG members, $125 non-members

Materials Fee: $25 (paid to instructor during class; covers dyeing supplies, handouts, sewing materials, and cloth)

Instructor: Jazmin Hicks-Dahl


Instructor Bio: Jazmin studied indigo dyeing with Takayuki Ishii and shibori with Hiroshi Murase and Yoshiko Wada in 2019. She makes indigo dyed textiles for Woodspirit Handcraft and teaches at Woodspirit School of Traditional Craft—two businesses she runs with her woodworker husband in Ashland, WI. She spent 8 yrs teaching children in the SF Bay Area where she grew up. Her background includes art & design, a love of natural materials, folk textiles, and an obsession with indigo since her teens.


Refund policy: If you need to cancel your class registration, you will receive a refund, less a $5 administrative fee, if the cancellation is received fourteen days prior to the class. If you cancel less than fourteen days before the class, you will not be eligible for a refund. If for some reason DFG needs to cancel a class, you will receive a full refund. Please contact if you need to cancel.