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Sat-Sun 16-17 May 2020

3 Lansell Rd, Toorak 3142

9.00am – 4.00pm


This retreat will be held in the gracious surrounds of Umina, a beautiful house in Toorak, Melbourne. This will be a weekend where you can come and learn Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, using the plant based indigo as your dyeing agent.
First learn the basic binding and stitching techniques, then design your own pattern, stitch/bind your pattern and then dye your pieces in the indigo vat.
Your weekend course will teach you stitching and binding skills, using elastic bands, rocks, timber as resists. Lots more ideas, tips and techniques will be shared with you.
You will take home with you: a bag, a silk scarf and fabric squares.
Your tutor Karen Jackson has held many such workshops in Western Victoria. Now it is Melbourne’s turn. Karen has been using the Shibori technique in her dyed works for many years.

Please note: that some of your finished pieces may still be wet when you leave the workshop and will need to be washed separately at home to remove any remaining indigo. Once washed indigo dyed fabric is completely colour fast and can be washed safely in the washing machine.
You will need to bring your own protective wear – an apron or a shirt, and plastic bags for wet samples.


Retreat cost:

$395 per person plus accommodation cost:

Retreat cost includes:

• 2 lunches, 1 dinner, morning and afternoon teas catered for by renowned CWA cooks. Please advise if you have any food allergies.
• A kit providing everything you need to complete your projects. However, please bring some sharp scissors, protective wear and plastic bags for wet samples.

Full payment required to secure your place.


Accommodation and breakfast is available at CWA of Vic Umina B&B, a beautiful home in leafy Toorak.
Single rooms cost from $90 per night and twin share rooms from
$120 per room per night. En suite rooms are available at additional cost. Member discounts available on accommodation.


  • Payments are refunded, less 20%, if cancellation is made 14 days or more before the retreat.
  • No refund is possible if cancellation is made less than 14 days before the retreat.


For bookings please contact Reception at CWA of Victoria on 03 9827 8971


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