Online Workshop – Shibori Silk Scarf with Natural Dyes

Date: March 27 and April 10

Time: March 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and April 10 from 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Cost: $135 (includes materials and shipping)

Please register by March 16 so you can receive your materials before the workshop start date. Contact us if you are located outside of Atlantic Canada as additional shipping charges will apply. 

Discover the ancient Japanese dyeing technique of Shibori with a modern twist from the comforts of your own home, taught online by natural dyer Renata Britez. The workshop starts with a 4-hour instructional video class, which you can access at your leisure to create your dyed silk scarf. Two weeks later, the class will gather again to share their creations and to have a question and answer period with the instructor. 

This class teaches the basics of natural dyes and three Shibori techniques of Kumo, Arashi and Itajime. Participants will create bold patterns on fabric using wooden blocks as well as binding and wrapping techniques. At the end of this course, students will have sample swatches in various sustainable fibres and finished shibori dyed scarf created by themselves. No experience is necessary.

What’s Included

  • Two live classes through Zoom plus access to recorded sessions.
  • Materials kit – includes all materials (fibres and silk scarf), shibori tools and natural dye supplies needed for sampling and final project.
  • Step-by-step procedures and recipes as well as a resource and suppliers list delivered by email prior to the first meeting.

Participants should have a notebook to take notes during the workshop.

Note: Dyeing can be messy, so dress in paint/dye appropriate clothes and shoes. Students will need to supply some of their own items, such as pots, pans, stove, etc. 


The workshop will be delivered in two live Zoom sessions. The first session focuses on learning the process and participants are expected to watch, take notes and ask questions at the end of the online demonstration – the class will be recorded and shared with students. Between the first and second meeting, participants will have time to try Shibori at their own pace and bring their results and questions to the second meeting for clarification.

The meetings will be recorded and participants will have access to the content for four months following the end of the workshop. This will provide participants with the opportunity to rewatch the discussions. In addition to the videos, students will have lifetime access to private Facebook groups with exclusive pictures, extra content and a community to help and share discoveries, results, recipes and more.

March 27: Live Demo (4 hours with 30 min break)

  • Intro to safety procedures and natural dyes
  • Sourcing and fibre classification
  • Mordanting fabrics (protein and cellulose fibres)
  • Creating the dye stock (madder, marigold and lac)
  • Preparing cloth for dyeing with Shibori techniques
  • Shibori with natural dyes 3 methods
  • Washing and care
  • Q&A

April 10: Follow Up (2 hours)

  • Meeting to discuss results and findings
  • Show and tell
  • Q&A

Please Register by March 16 for the online workshop.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us at or (506) 433-8351.

Thanks to the financial support of the Emergency Community Support Fund, and Community Foundations of Canada, through the nomination from Sussex Area Community Foundation, AX is able to provide participants with a reduced shipping fee of $5 for every materials kit purchased through this workshop.