Shibori: Now and Forever with Barbara Schey

Course Overview

In this workshop, you will learn about dyes and a range of techniques including Barbara’s technique of ‘Slosh’ with fibre reactives as well as Arashi with fibre reactives with soda ash and discharge on black cotton and printed fabrics.

On the second day, using an indigo vat, you will learn to overdye slosh with napthol dyes and various other methods of Shibori (ie resist).

Teacher Profile

Textiles are a very tactile experience for Barbara Schey, consequently the many ways one can manipulate the cloth in shibori techniques to achieve new and exciting outcomes are sheer joy.  

She has studied the “high tech” methods learned during her extensive overseas travel and adapted them for her home studio.  Her jackets are of simple construction to focus on dyeing and manipulation of the fabric.  Her favourite shibori techniques are Arashi and Miura (which she ties whilst traveling). Examples of Barbara’s work are shown on member’s profile.  Barbara is also very interested in thread buttons and has given many workshops in this discipline and presented a paper on the history of the buttons at the recent 9thInternational Shibori Symposium in Hanzhou, China.

For 16 years, Barbara led fellow artists on countless international textile tours to visit weavers and dyers across the globe.

“Textiles are a very tactile experience for me, consequently the many ways one can manipulate the cloth in shibori techniqes to achieve new and exciting outcomes are sheer joy.  Dorset Buttons are another of my passions.”

“The last two images above are the last work I did before attending WSN ISS09 in China. The theme of the exhibition was “Fragment” and I used two 3m lengths of brush dyed habutai and organza which had been overdyed using itajime and soda ash to melt off the sericin. I had accidentally “destroyed” this fabric using soda ash but stitched the two layers together to create the kimono as illustrated in the attached images.

 I have been invited to create and exhibit 2 large pieces with a group named “Untethered”in November 2014 with the theme of “Out of Hand”. We had our first meeting today where artists were invited to submit ”Mood Boards”. Somewhat overcome at the moment with the detail some people have gone into. I like strong simple images, I must not be influenced by others but will do my own thing – will send more information as it develops.”

Materials List

Materials from students


Students should wear old clothing.

Well washed wine bottle, label removed

2m black pure cotton.  Handspun or pure cotton voile from Spotlight.  Must be washed and ironed.

2m white pure cotton cheesecloth (could substitute and well washed cotton such as calico or even cotton sheets in reasonable condition.

Garbage bags (4)

1 painters drop sheet about $1 from Bunnings

Spray bottles (2) can used empty, washed cleaning sprays such as Spray and Wipe.

A4 sized scraps pure cotton print fabric

Any scraps silk or cotton, white or coloured.

Powder free disposable gloves (available from Woolworths)

Ball No 4 or No 8 knitting cotton or soft string

3 or 4 cheap paint brushes about approx. 2cm wide.

Notebook, pen

1 plastic bucket to carry above if possible.  I will bring extra buckets for those travelling by public transport.

6 -8 old newspaper to mop up possible spills.

Medium to large Darning needles with points.


Estimated material fee ($10) payable to the artist

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.

Timeless Textiles Gallery


Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia


05 May 2018 - 06 May 2018


09:30 AM - 04:30 PM





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