Carol Anne Grotrian

Shibori Sampler, 1-Day Workshop and Homework Assignment

Student Supply List


1 1/2 to 2 yds of washed, dried, untreated, 44-45 “ wide 100% white cotton, cut in the following manner:


1. cut 9” (1/4  yard) strips across the fabric’s width (you’ll get 5 for sure, the 6th may be a bit 

smaller if prewashing shrank the 1 1/2 yards)
2. cut 2 of these strips into 9” squares = 8 - 9”squares + 2 smaller leftovers
3. cut 3 of these strips in half = 6 - 9” x 22” rectangles
4. bring the leftovers to class for experimenting


Additional cotton, linen or silk: small amount for experimenting (optional)
(Note: PFD or "prepared for dyeing" fabric is not required but guarantees the best results.)


Other Materials:
Thread: Button & Carpet, Craft or Upholstery Thread (stronger than for regular sewing)
Sewing needles (large enough for above thread), thimble if you use one
Twine (e.g. kite string) or medium to heavy weight crochet thread (leftovers okay, about 3-5 yards)

Waxed dental floss, any flavor
Embroidery-sized scissors with pointed blades (not your best) or thread snips
Seam ripper (optional)


A 12 inch ruler
Masking tape
A few rubber bands (especially small ones) (optional)
A few pebbles, beans or marbles
Clothespins (12 or more), plastic or wooden, the ones with moving parts) AND/OR large paper clips


Small spray bottle
A 1-quart plastic container (eg. yogurt) AND/OR a small bucket
Box of gallon baggies (to take home damp dyed fabric)


A trash bag
A roll of paper towels
An old towel


Rubber Gloves (a la Playtex)
Surgical weight rubber gloves (optional)
Wear old clothes


I’ll supply the following if the workshop is within driving distance of Cambridge; otherwise it’s optional for students

to bring:  PVC pipe, 24 inches long, 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter (if leftover from plumbing project, outside surface

needs to be smooth, non perforated).


Bring any shibori or tie dye samples you may have, and a sample of your work to share if you wish.


Note: Materials fee is $5. If you have any questions, contact Carol Anne  at  857-253-1904 or Also see



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