UK & International Masterclasses

Jane Callender shares her expertise in shibori techniques in masterclasses across the world.

Shibori Workshop run by Jane Callender


The courses focus on the shibori technique. The number of techniques and dyes included on a course depends on the duration of the course and the specific interest of a group.

Stitch resist includes the basics – hira-nui, ori-nui and make-nui with many variations, combinations and innovations
Binding techniques, ne-maki shibori plus maki-age shibori; various boshi techniques to cap and reserve
Bo maki shibori – cylinder/pole wrapping – methods include the ever popular arashi
Itajime – board clamping
Machined resists
Lesser known shibori techniques such as hotaru and shirokage shibori may be introduced
Pattern planning
Combination methods


The main dye used is indigo. One main strong vat will be prepared for use with additional vats being made as required. Natural, synthetic and organic vats are made depending on the length of the course.

Mineral dye Iron rust, fibre reactive dyes, and a selection of natural dyes such as pomegranate, Brazil (Sappan) wood, logwood, weld, will also be available depending on the duration and focus of the course. A lab fee is charged to cover the cost of additional natural dyes and natural indigo.
De-gumming and discharge immersion baths may be included.

International Masterclasses Enquiries

Enquiries from overseas facilitators are welcome and information will be sent as regards venue requirements and equipment. Dyes and auxiliary materials must be ordered in by the venue. Guidance will be given. Workshops can happen anywhere as long as certain venue requirements are met and there is adequate space and equipment. They don’t have to be held on campus or at art centres.

Please contact Jane to find out more.

UK Workshops Enquiries

Enquiries from groups whether through a guild facilitator or made by a group of friends are welcome and information will be sent as regards venue requirements, equipment and the ordering of dyes and other materials. Workshops can happen anywhere as long as certain venue requirements are met and there is adequate space and equipment. They don’t have to be on campus or at specialist art centres.  Please contact Jane to find out more.

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International & UK Workshops

To book a place on an overseas workshop please contact the organisers or college directly. Contact details are shown in each case.

Florida, USA

(Was March 30 – April 3rd, April 6th – 10th 2020)
Cancelled. New dates to be confirmed.

Address: AyaFibreStudio, 4745 SE Desoto Ave, Stuart, Florida 34997

Vancouver, Canada

(Was June 10th – 14th  2020).
Rescheduled to May 5 – 9th 2021

Maiwa Symposium
Address: Maiwa East, 1310 Odlum Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3M3, Canada
604 669 3939

Chelmsford, United Kingdom

August 15 – 22 2021

Association of Guilds of Weavers Spinners and Dyers Summer School
Address: Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex,  CM1 3RR

Wisconsin, USA

Sept 13 – 16, 2021

Address: Wild Rice Retreat, 84860 Old San Rd, Bayfield, Wisconsin, 54814,
+1 715-779-0178

Washington, USA

(Was September 7th – 11th 2020)
Rescheduled to September 22th – 26th 2021

Address: Pacific North West Arts School, 15 NW Birch St, Coupeville, WA 98239, USA
+1 360-678-3396

Northern California, USA

Was September 23 – 27 2020. Cancelled – new dates to advised.

Address: Mendocino Art Centre, 45200 Little Lake Street, Mendocino, California 95460, United States
707.937.5818 or 800.653.3328
Fax: 707.937.4625

Tujereng, Gambia

Cancelled. Dates to be advised.

Address: Tujereng, Nr Banjul, La Gambia, West Africa.
For itinerary and to book contact Jane or
Lorraine Smart on WhatsApp 0044 7886441976

More information about this workshop.

Previous Workshops

INTERNATIONAL: 2019 Pacific North West Art School, Whidbey Island, USA; Independent Textile Group, Big Island, Hawaii; Auckland Quilt Symposium, New Zealand; 2018 Aya Fibre Studio, Florida; Penland School of Craft, N. Carolina; Sisters of the Cloth, Conneaut, Ohio; Zijdelings, Tilburg, The Netherlands; World Shibori Network Symposium, Nagoya, Japan; Maiwa Symposium, Vancouver, Canada; Mendocino Arts Centre, California; Slow Fibre Studio, Berkeley, California; Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, San Luis Obispo; State California University, Long Beach, LA. 2016 Grampian Textures, Victoria, Australia; TAFTA, The Australian Forum for Textile Arts, ATASDA, Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Alice Springs, Tasmania; Chateau Dumas, France; Felt Rosa, Amelia, Italy; Northern Fibres Guild, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory; Textile Arts Association, Kuwait City; Aranya Natural, Shristi community, Munnar, India.

UK: City and Guilds Quilt and Embroidery Groups, Rainbow Silks, Amersham, Bucks; Studio11, Eastbourne, Sussex; Big Cat Textiles, Newburgh, Scotland; West Dean College, Chichester, Sussex.

A selection of images in celebration of students’ work