Traditional Slow Stitch: Indigo Shibori and Boro | Carol Anne Grotrian - July 29 - August 2, 2019


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Traditional Slow Stitch:  Indigo Shibori and Boro

If you love the idea of slow stitching, come experience two age-old Japanese traditions of hand sewing in this five-day workshop. Create new indigo-dyed cloth with shibori, where stitches are sewn, gathered and dyed. Designs are revealed as the sewing is removed.  Thanks to centuries of experimentation, there are seemingly endless variations to try.

Then turn to boro, a tradition of patching and mending, born of a need to revive worn, once precious, fabrics. Created by layering a variety of existing fabrics, our boro textiles will include the shibori dyed in class. Usually densely hand-stitched, boro has been called “country sashiko.”

Though shibori and boro both rely on, but are not limited to, simple running stitches, the results are elegant and complex. It’s optional to quilt the layers with batting. Students at all levels are welcome.

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Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
Level; All
Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid during the workshop)


Instructor Bio:

Carol Anne Grotrian has explored shibori dyeing techniques for more than thirty years. The organic patterns of shibori have found a voice in her landscape quilts, providing her with inspiration, challenges, and ideas for more quilts than she has time to make.  Indigo dyeing also appears often in her work, including whole cloth stitched resist quilts.  In recent years, she has shifted from pieced quilts to raw edge appliqué and boro stitching.

Carol Anne has taught quilting and surface design techniques for decades. In 2005, she taught at the Sansia Indigo Symposium and Festival in Taipei County, Taiwan. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has quilts in corporate, private and museum collections. Her work has also been featured in many publications, including Surface Design Journal, Textiles: The Art of Mankind, Lark Books’ 500 Art Quilts and Robert Shaw’s Art Quilts: A Celebration. Her studio is in her home in Cambridge, MA, and her web site is

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