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$ 130 usd
Tue, Jun 11, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Wagon Master Ranch Resort, 359 Adventure Ranch Rd, Murphy, NC, United States Map
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Tue, Jun 11, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery, and folklore. Discover how the leaves ‘make blue’ by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat.
The complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating and students will soon appreciate how rituals have grown around the making and using of a successful vat. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dying, such as shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful graded hues that are so typical of indigo.

SKILLS/TECHNIQUES COVERED: Students will initially learn how an indigo vat is made. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. The natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be ‘reduced’ using a commercially available chemical. While the vat develops, students will be shown several shibori techniques: a folded and clamped method, and a twisted and tied technique. Students can expect to make several napkin-sized samples, a scarf, or a t-shirt

LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate


  1. a pair of new rubber gloves (dishwashing long)
  2. a seam-picker or a small pair of sharp scissors
  3. an old shirt or apron – and please wear old clothes
  4. closed-toe shoes
  5. package of rubber bands- assorted sizes
  6. sewing needles with a larger-sized eye
  7. (1) An item of clothing you wish to “upcycle” with your new skills not too large ( t-shirt) as we will be sharing a vat- please bring natural fiber ( linen, cotton, viscose, silk)
  8. Various fabric samples in different natural fibers- 24” x 24” or a set of 100% cotton or linen napkins- PRE-SCOURED ( Homegoods)
  9. natural fiber scarves are also acceptable and are available from the instructor
  10. PRE-SCOUR ALL Fabrics before bringing them to class (wash in Hot water with mild soap- boil for 20-30 minutes
  11. Each person can dye approximately 6 items

LODGING IS AVAILABLE AT THE RANCH OR VIA MURPHY AIR BnB: https://wagonmasterranchresort.com/lodging



Suzanne Connors

Fiber Artist/ Educator

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Wagon Master Ranch Resort, 359 Adventure Ranch Rd, Murphy, NC, United States


  • Seasonal- Blue in the Mountains
  • Indigo
  • Shibori
  • All Levels