Ana Lisa Hedstrom’s Shibori Class – Sandy Wagner

I’m sorry this is late but I was going to finish and post it today but I spent the day in the birthing center with my granddaughter – we have a new girl in the family Olivia.

I wanted to share with you a wonderful 2 day class with Ana Lisa Hedstrom.  We spent the days doing Shibori techniques and the evening with a slide presentation by Ana Lisa starting with her early days to the present time.  Ana Lisa has worked with Shibori for 30 years and shared the history of the craft and her knowledge with us.  We used acid silk dyes and Procion MX.  The methods used were pole wrapping, folding, clamping and stitching.

We started the class learning some of the history of the pole style Arashi Shibori –  then pole wrapping methods.  Straight wrapping and twisting the fabric as you compress the folds up a 4″ PVC pipe.   I then took a 15×70″ silk scarf and folded in a fold from the left and right side of the scarf – basting a stitch down the lent of the piece – then wrapped it on the pole – the third way  was by measuring the fabric adding enough fabric to make it slide over the pole and stitched the fabric then slide it up the pole and compressed the fabric to make the folds.  Below is cotton (on the  pole) and silk scraf.



After wetting the fabric lightly  I painted the thickened Procion MX dye onto the folds of the fabric and painted each pole.  One pole was cotton, one silk habotai and one raw silk.  We then wrapped them in plastic and cured them overnight.  Washed them out in the morning  and we able to re-wrap the poles in a different direction for a pattern change.

We did several folded (Katano – clamping ) methods and stitching (Kanoko).  Accordion folding, folding into a triangle and clamped, folding in half and clamping with other type of clamps.  Wooden pieces, clamps from the hardware stores, many items from the Dollar Store.  Stitching the raw silk in different patterns, folding and stitching, amble with the stitches.  When you do the stitching you knot at one end, stitch then pull the thread as tight as you can without breaking the thread – this causes the resist – then we used the acid dyes in a hot bath for the silks and procion MX vat method for the cottons etc.  Below is bamboo and spandex.bamboo1


The starburst at the right is stitching and pulling up the thread on raw silk.  The smocking pleater provides the most startling results – it is below.  The method takes a narrow piece of fabric but it can be as long as you want by how long the threads are.  The fabric is raw silk gauze. smocking1

Shibori has fascinated me for a long time but looking at the work of the masters and all the hand stitching had made me think twice but with what I learned with this class has made it more manageable.  You can get as involved as you like and the results are all so exciting.  You do need patience for the stitching but the results are wonerful.

The hand stitching on a large scale is still a massive undertaking but the results are amazing.  On a smaller scale you will have an exciting piece for art quilting, garments, framing or as a piece of art work.  Let the creative juices flow and the Shibori work.

There are several books that have good instructions, samples and wonderful works of art.  Kimono as Art – a beautiful book put out by the San Diego Museum of Art,  Arimatsu Shibori (this book is out of print but can be found on Amazon), Shibori for Textile Artist and Shibori The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing by Wada,Rice and Barton

I have included 2 picturs of garment done Ana Lisa.



  Go forth and create.


5 Responses to “Ana Lisa Hedstrom’s Shibori Class – Sandy Wagner”

  1. 1 kathy April 10, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Sounds like an awesome class. I have seen that gray jacket somewhere before…and I fell in love with the work then.

  2. 2 Anaka Narayanan March 27, 2009 at 5:52 am

    THe pole wrap Arashi shibori looks lovely- reminds me a bit of leheria tie-dyeing in Rajasthan.

  3. 3 Sandy March 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Kate – The level in the class was beginning to intermediate. Weavers, garment makers and 2 quilters. More then half the class had not experience in dyeing or Shibori. A couple of the weavers had done natural dyes.
    All did well.

  4. 4 kate March 13, 2009 at 5:09 am

    It sounds like you had a great time in the class. What was the experience level of the students? I’m wondering if it could be an introductory class for people who have never used Procion dyes or acid dyes.
    By the way, congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter. She almost shared a birthday with my son. He turns 13 today. Enjoy!

  5. 5 Phyllis March 12, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Stunning! What a wonderful class. The results were quite extraordinary. Congratulations also on a new baby girl in the family.

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