Those who enjoy the magic of indigo dyeing should consider shibori, this ancient technique evokes the same emotions; suspense, surprise, excitement and wonder. Our tutor Jane Callender (Cally) has been exploring shibori for almost two decades and will share her skills helping you to create beautiful patterns on cloth. At the picturesque Chateau Dumas, our week begins with techniques such as itajime (fold and clamp), bo maki, including arashi (cylinder wrapping), as well as several methods of stitching and binding. You will have an opportunity to dye cotton, linen and silk in both woad and indigo vats, experiment with iron rust and natural tannins such as pomegranate. At the end of your visit you will unfold and unravel your own collection of intricate and individual blue pieces. Your week will include a woad dyeing day with Denise Lambert which can be used to dye your yarns before weaving – making your work, which could be inspired by the Chateau’s stunning gardens and scenery, a truly personal piece. The course also includes trips to the flea market and a visit to a Sunday morning farmer’s market. 13-20 August, prices from 1850 Euro. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information with regard to booking a place. Photographs courtesy of Jane from last year's course.