3rd May 2019, 10.00-16.30pm

Shibori is a Japanese resist dyeing technique which produces unique patterns on fabric.  This introduction to Shibori Nui uses running stitch alongside the pleating and folding techniques of this practice, allowing greater control and variation of the patterns.

The morning will be spent stitching patterns into the fabric and the afternoon dyeing.  This is a slow process but a rewarding one. You will leave the workshop with your own designs and new knowledge of the methods of Shibori which you can incorporate into any future projects.  Plus you will create your own silk scarve.

Tea, coffee and cake provided.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Six places available per workshop

£75 pp including materials

11th May 2019 - 10.00am - 16.00pm

*Rural Arts, The Old Courthouse, Thirsk

Intro to Shibori Slow Textiles Table Runner

Within this workshop you will be introduced to stitched (Nui) Shibori. I will guide you through the process of using the running stitch combined with folding techniques to create beautiful patterns onto fabric. Traditional Indigo dye will be used to colour the pieces of stitched fabric. 

Slow Textiles stitching is a methodical process and simple running stitch will be used to create the patterns in the fabric, then dyed and dried, CarolAnn will guide you through the techniques involved in putting together a table runner made up of hexagons (English Paper Piecing). 


Some basic knowledge of sewing is required for this workshop. Discovering new techniques take's time, therefore further finishing off will be required after the workshop. Detailed instructions, handout's and equipment will be provided to assist you in doing so.

10th May 2019, 10.00-12.30

Introduction to Hand Embroidery

This workshop is suitable for beginners or those wishing to refresh their skills. You will explore a few basic traditional stitches and learn how to use and adapt them for a modern twist. The methods of slow stitching is therapeutic and allows you to embellish and create.

Tea, coffee and cake provided.

Six places available per workshop 

£25pp including materials 

25th May 2019, 10am - 16.30pm

English paper piecing - Patchwork/EPP

Suitable for beginners, this introduction to traditional patchwork uses paper templates and hand stitching to piece together hexagons. Using this you will be shown how to make a needle case to display your new patchwork design.


This versatile technique is a brilliant way to use up scraps for both large and small projects. Whilst being a time consuming method it is highly rewarding; creating beautiful and personal pieces of 'fabric'.

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch

Six places available per workshop

£65pp including materials

10th August 2019 - 10.00am-16.00pm

Rural Arts, The Old Courthouse, Thirsk

Introduction to Eco Printing 

Introduction to eco printing using leaves. The artist CarolAnn will guide you through the process of nature-based printing by demonstrating the scouring, mordanting and steaming involved of the fabric. The process is unpredictable and results in a subtle colour pallet suggestive of alchemy and traditional fabric staining. You will experiment wrapping leaf collections into bundles, producing a series of samples. Throughout the workshop you will be working towards creating your own eco dyed silk scarf measuring 150cm x 40cm. 

Please bring along with you a selection of leaves to dye with, we suggest selecting fallen leaves on the ground; oak, birch, chestnut, brambles, smoke leaves. Please do not overpick! Waxy leaves and flowers are not recommended for eco dying.

Fabric will be provided which is specifically prepared for dying. If you wish to bring any of your own fabrics, it is important that your fabrics are scoured prior to the workshop to remove the chemicals. If you are thinking of bringing your own fabrics, please contact us directly to find out the method of treating your fabric.

This workshop is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of textiles or dyeing techniques. 


Please note: Clothing is at risk of staining so please dress appropriately in an apron. Disposable gloves will be provided, however, we recommend bringing rubber gloves with you. 

To book this workshop please contact Rural Arts website;



All workshops (*unless otherwise stated) held at my home:

Grange Court, Apperley Lane, Rawdon.  Leeds LS19 6LN