Journey Into Indigo & Tanins, Oxides & Indigo Workshops- Register December 5th — Get Your Space in a Maiwa Workshop

by - Tuesday, November 22, 2022


DECEMBER 5th 2022


In the weeks running up to our December 5th registration opening, Maiwa is announcing NEW free video lessons. This is just one more aspect of our encouragement of natural dyes and traditional crafts.

This week's lesson is:


Dyers all over the world have different water. We give you a few of our best tips on how to work with the water you have - no matter what its character might be. This video also includes troubleshooting tips for key issues which are often blamed on water, but are due to something else.





Learn to build a range of indigo vats including organic vats made with fruits, the iron vat, and vats made with plants. Learn a wealth of introductory and advanced shaped resist techniques on silk, linen, and cotton. Learn how to handle materials in the dye vat to get the most from indigo.
Over 40 detailed instructional videos with written instructions and downloadable PDF's. All shaped resist techniques shown with clear, step by step instructions.

Works taken from blank cloth to finished piece so you can see the entire process.

An in-depth explanation of the chemistry of indigo extraction and indigo vats so you can learn how and why they work.

Discover why indigo is the worlds most magical dye.

Online Workshop begins January 9, 2023

This online workshop is designed to be done anywhere in the world in your home or studio. It features a robust Q&A section with instructors directly answering student questions and one final live zoom event.

See what people are saying about Journey Into Indigo:
What an amazing journey! The workshop has been my go-to for relaxation and enjoyment during this crazy past year. The entire program is so well produced that I feel like I can go forward and keep learning from my experiences with the indigo process.  

Sophena and Danielle are a terrific team and contributed immensely to the journey! Thank you everyone at Maiwa  that was associated with the workshop! 
— Ruth Ann 

Thank you so much for this course! It was very informative, approachable and inspiring. It has been a great pleasure learning for you both, thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us. I can't wait to put into practice what I've learned!
— Lourdes

Such a fantastic class, I don't want this to be over.  I have delayed the last module for 2 weeks, just to savor a little longer. Great job by all. Thank you for this opportunity.
— Beth

I have enjoyed this class. I have watched the videos several times and read through the Q&A.  I have learned LOTS! Thanks for being pandemic creative and doing this as an online class.  I would not have been able to attend this in person. I also love that I have this class at my finger tips for three years. 
— Lisa 

Big thank you to Sophena and Dani for a wonderful class - perfect pacing through this winter's lockdown. The weekly introduction of new topics gave us time to experiment and learn all the new skills without the rush of speedier workshops. The Q & A sections are a big help too.  
— Mary

Sophena & Danielle, Thanks so much for a great workshop. I'm not new to Shibori and Indigo but I learned a ton. I felt that this workshop was even better than some in person courses. Here we were really in charge of our own vats and got to learn what to do, and when to do it. It was great having a few vats going at the same time and I loved seeing the subtle differences in the shades. I feel much more confident and in charge of my blues and I have some fresh inspiration when it comes to the resists.   
— Kathi

I really don't want this to end! What an amazing workshop. The next best thing to 'real' workshops, with beautifully filmed instruction and expert, patient guidance through all our queries. I can highly recommend this for anyone interested in indigo. Thank you all at the Maiwa team for creating such a great resource for us.    
— Lisa




This groundbreaking workshop will lead students through a number of projects on silk, cotton, linen, wool, and paper. Through contact printing, immersion baths, bundling and binding techniques, and the magic of indigo, this workshop will explore new, uncharted territory on textiles.
38 evocative instructional videos with written instructions and downloadable PDF's.
Work with 7 unique immersion baths including indigo.
Learn a variety of binding techniques including clamp, wrap, and shaped resist.
Complete the course with a body of work exploring the remarkable patterning potential of tannins, oxides, and indigo.

Online Workshop begins January 9, 2023

This online workshop is designed to be done anywhere in the world in your home or studio. It features a robust Q&A section with instructors directly answering student questions and one final live zoom event.

See what people are saying about Tannins, Oxides, & Indigo:
Absolutely fabulous!  The palette and patterns created by the rust, tannins and indigo resonates with me in my own journey with colour and cloth, and I am looking forward to integrating these techniques into my practice. I am very grateful for how generously Natalie shared her experience, with such delight in her process and grace in her manner.
— Morgen

I echo everyone's comments on the wonderful quality of your teaching, clear instruction, and inspirational thoughts. I miss meeting in person, but we can learn at an amazing pace in the virtual world and experiment in our own time and space. Thank you for a world of inspiration.
 — Carrole

This course has opened up all my sensibilities from art, science and nature. I loved gathering the metal pieces, watching the development of rust, it was pure exploration in every module. I have learned so much from you and appreciate everything you and Maiwa have put together.
— Suzanne  

Ate breakfast in tears ! So much I want to say and share. Thank you all, thank you Natalie for everything, but especially for the affirmation that there are other ways of seeing and showing others what can be seen.
— Liza

Through this great journey with a calm, peacefull & so generous person, it is like listening to music and being part of nature.  Your teaching goes far beyond the techniques.  Thank you so much Natalie.
— Marie

This course has been just exactly what it should be for me!  It introduced me to new techniques (I am now constantly musing about whether something will rust), given us enough time to do each new technique and then repeat, and then encouraged us to mix and match.  Your examples have been clear and easy to follow, backed up by your responses to our questions.  I have loved every minute of this learning and am delighted with the results! In addition, you have been charming in the videos, and I feel like I know you.
— Jane

Thank you for all your hard work putting together such a wonderful class. The videos made me feel like I was in the room with you. You shared so much knowledge. It was nice to have a whole week to process it and take my time with each module. I enjoyed my Monday mornings watching the videos and planning my week. The 'clothes line' of samples on the wall of my studio give me so much inspiration.
— Patty

Natalie - your instruction and presentation has been akin to  a Bailey's in front of a warm fireplace.   Thank you.
 — Gwen

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