Join Color Wheel, Elizabeth Royal, and Dr. Sushi for a full day workshop inspired by the heritage and tradition of Japanese Indigo.
During this all-day make + take workshop you will learn about the history and use of Indigo dyeing and Sashiko stitching. You will have the opportunity to merge these two crafts together throughout the course of the day. The workshop kicks off with a short textile and fiber history talk. After that, you'll learn and practice traditional Sashiko stitching on cotton fabric that is ready for the Indigo dye bath.
After a lunch break catered by Dr. Sushi, we'll dye wool, silk, linen, and the Sashiko stitched textile you just made. You'll leave with a bundle of Indigo textiles, the knowledge to create and maintain your own indigo vat at home, a Sashiko kit that includes needles, thread, and a thimble, and a deeper knowledge of the history behind these crafts.
No experience necessary
This class is open to ages 14+
All materials are provided
Light refreshments will be served throughout the day
Lunch will include Japanese Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit, Assorted Sushi Rolls, Salmon Sashimi, Tamagoyaki (dessert) * Please send a note in advance if you have any dietary restrictions.
About the instructors:
Color Wheel is an organization that connects community and environment by exploring the history, science, and art of natural color making. Color Wheel is based in South-East Michigan. They grow indigo and other dye plants right here at POST - check out our dye garden on the NW corner of the building!
Elizabeth Royal is a maker, mender, and photographer. She lives in a 1920's fixer upper in Detroit with her two dogs, two cats, and husband. During the day she's an instructional designer but after work you can find her tackling projects in her studio - photography, Kintsugi, and visible mending.
Dr. Sushi is a Catering & Events company specializing in sustainable Sushi and Japanese fare.