Salt & Still is back!

nido is excited to announce the return of Salt & Still for more Sahiko, Shibori + Bundle Dye Workshops this August!

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fullsizerenderSashiko + Visible Mending Workshop
Friday, August 18th
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In this 2.5-hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of sashiko stitching and visible mending.

Sashiko stitching is a traditional Japanese technique that is ideal for creating decorative patterns, practical mending of clothing and home goods, and hand-quilting. We will also discuss the history of sashiko and how it applies to modern life and craft.

We will examine a variety of traditional sashiko patterns and participants will be provided with sashiko thread and needles to experiment with stitching these patterns on fabric.

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fullsizerender8Indigo + Shibori Dyeing Workshop
Saturday, August 19th
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

In this 3-hour workshop we will create an indigo vat from scratch using only sugar and natural materials – no chemicals. We will discuss the chemical reactions that take place in an indigo vat and how to maintain a vat at home.

We will also go over the basics of shibori, a Japanese resist technique that uses folding, binding, and stitching to create beautiful patterns on cloth.

Everyone will leave with an array of shibori textiles dyed in indigo as well as the knowledge of how to create a natural indigo vat at home.

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Advanced Shibori Dyeing Workshop
Saturday, August 19th
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In this 3-hour workshop, participants will build on the itajime shibori techniques learned in the basic shibori and indigo workshop. Additionally, we will explore new surface design methods that utilize stitching, pleating, and binding to create beautiful, intricate shibori patterns.

We will work with natural indigo vats to dye shibori pieces and a range of textiles like cotton, linen, and silk will be used to explore the relationship between different textiles and indigo dye. Participants are also welcome to bring a pre-washed, small textile made of a natural fiber to dye in the vat.

Everyone will leave with an expanded knowledge of shibori techniques and an array of large dyed pieces and samples.

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satlstill1Bundle Dye Workshop
Sunday, August 20th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this 2-hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of bundle dyeing with natural materials. We will work with natural dyes including local, everyday dyestuffs like onion and avocado skins and sourced materials like madder root and logwood.

Participants will also learn how to choose and prepare textiles for dyeing, how the process of bundle dyeing extracts color from natural materials, and how to fix color to cloth.

Everyone will leave with a bundle dyed scarf and the knowledge of how to bundle dye at home.

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Classes are limited to 10 students. Stop by the shop or call to sign up!

Salt & Still is the creative studio of Alison Charli Smith, a textile artist specializing in natural dyes and sashiko style stitching. Take a look at Salt & Still’s incredible handmade goods, created with natural plant + insect based dyes and fibers like cotton, linen, silk and wool. Alison is based out of Jersey City, New Jersey, with ties to Burlington as a UVM alum. We are looking forward to Alison returning to Burlington to teach us her techniques and tricks to natural dyeing.

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