Callishibori Blue Leaf Studio - 01986 788644
enabling you to create shibori and experience the magic of indigo

2019 Shibori masterclasses at 'Blueleaf', Norfolk All courses © Jane Callender

2019 June 14, 15 and 16th
2019 Summer School July 22 - 26 with the option of an additional weekend 27 and 28th
2019 Summer School August 5 - 9 with the option of an additional weekend 10 and 11th

A non refundable deposit of £35 is required to secure your place on booking with the balance being paid two weeks before the commencement of the course.

Beginners and the more experienced are warmly welcomed to attend either workshop.

A maximum of six students ensures plenty of one to one tuition.
Use of other dyes such as iron rust and fibre reactive dyes are available depending on the length of the workshop.

Dyes such as weld, brazilwood (sapan) pomegranate and other natural dyes are available during summer school. A small lab fee will be charged to cover the cost of these additional dyes, natural indigo and auxillary chemicals required for de-gumming and discharging processes.

A requirements list will be sent nearer the time.
Boards and cylinders are provided for use on the workshop but please bring your own clamps if you have any and if it is possible to do so.

A small library on textiles and design, shibori and dyeing is available for further research, as are videos and textiles.

There are a few steps up into the house and down into the garden where the indigo dyeing takes place.
Welcome from 9.30am for a prompt 10am start.
Lunch 12.45- 1.30 Wonderful salads and home baked tarts and quiches, cold meats, fruit and yogurt.
Tea and cake 3.45ish
Close 5pm. You will not be disturbed if you are wanting to resolve a project. Refreshements throughout the day.
Please specify any special dietary needs when booking.
Impromptu beach suppers or barbeques.

Car For the Sat Nav/ GPS post code IP20 0EN gets you to the right place. There is ample parking.
Train The nearest and most convenient train station is Diss, 20 minutes away and you will be collected. London's Liverpool Street station to Diss is one and a half /three quarters of an hour. Other options though not so convenient are Attleborough (40 mins drive) and Norwich (50 mins drive)
Plane Airport options are Norwich, an hour and three quarters and Stansted about two and a half hours away. However, it is advisable to get to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports where there are train links into London.
Should you have any transport difficulties, please email.

For further course information, requirements, etc please contact Jane, 01986 788644 or through email.


£..... per day per student under review
Lab fee for additional dyes app £10 - £25

Include many stitched techniques, bo maki shibori, including arashi, itajime and machined resists. Lesser known shibori techniques such as hotaru and shirokage shibori may be introduced. Pattern planning.

Both natural and synthetic vats are used.
One main strong vat will be prepared for use, the second half strength natural vat will be made together, also an organic vat. Participants will make their own individual third pale vat - so please bring a container which can take two gallons with room to spare. It must have a secure lid if it is to be taken home.

Summer schools provide the time to thoroughly focus on both the design aspect and practical skills of indigo dyeing and shibori without interruption.

For the experience practitioner it is an ideal opportunity to work towards the
- Completion of a major project
- Research and study a specific area of shibori
- Learn the use of some new dye combinaitons
- Learn more advanced techniques

Those new to shibori will have time to simply enjoy learning and engaging in a new skill working in a relaxed and informal setting with others who are also on a new learning experience.

One to one and group tuition throughout the course.

Indigo, iron rust and fibre reactive dyes. Weld if possible - this depends on local yeild, and new this year will be pomegranate and other natural dyes such as madder for which an additional fee will be charged.

Please bring own fabric - though some fabric will be availble to purchase - rubber gloves and small bucket. A more detailed course outline, requirements list and booking form will be sent.

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS None for Summer 2019


These weekend workshops focus on indigo shibori techniques. It is not possible to use iron rust as this process takes some time.

They are ideal as taster workshops for the beginner as stitch, itajime, pole wrapping and binding will be looked at.

Attending both weekends may suit those more experienced practitioners working on a major stitch project as stitching can be carried out inbetween the two weekends.







If you belong to a group you may like to come to Blueleaf to work shibori as a group. For available dates please enquire by 'phone or email to discuss the course which can be tailored to suit your groups needs.