A brief biography


Annabel Wilson creates wonderful pictures and images of the natural world, flowers, plants, seed heads and landscapes in shibori stitch resist. She is always developing new designs and patterns exploring new ways of putting shibori stitch techniques together. She loves teaching others how to create with shibori in workshops and on her prolific blog.


Annabel strives to give a balance of information and friendly encouragement. She is patient and helpful and enjoys passing on her expertise in all things shibori. This course is suitable for anyone who has a love of sewing.


She enjoys using natural plant dyes particularly indigo along with fibre reactive dyes. She has been captured on film in “Escape to the Country” for the BBC showing her dyeing and work processes.


Annabel is based in Dorset, a beautiful county, where she takes great pleasure in cycling around the lanes and villages looking for inspiration for her work.  As Townhill Studio she creates vibrant textile designs using the stitch resist of shibori. They are made in to wonderful glowing lampshades and wall hangings and can be seen in galleries in the South West and online.



During this week’s course we are going to learn all about stitch resist shibori, how to use the different ways of manipulating the fabric to create beautiful designs. Annabel will demonstrate and introduce you to many shibori techniques along with showing you how to dye with indigo and fibre reactive dyes. You will go home full of knowledge and inspiration for creating your own original fabrics.


Day 1 

Arrive today. Meet and greet supper with wine to get your creative juices flowing! Annabel will display a variety of her work; hangings, lampshades, scarves and cushions and discuss how she made them.


Day 2 

Create and explore shibori with indigo

During your first day Annabel will introduce you to the 5 principal techniques of shibori stitch resist.  You will make some small pieces to explore these methods and learn to dye with indigo.


Day 3 

Outing to the Eden Project.
With sketch books and cameras we will venture to the amazing Eden Project for inspiration from the natural world for the following days projects.


Day 4 

Make and discover shibori with fibre reactive dyes.

Applying the techniques learnt previously you will be introduced to fibre reactive dyes and many glorious colours that can be created. You will begin to develop your own designs from the inspirational trip to the Eden Project.


Day 5 

Shibori Projects.

Annabel will introduce a few more shibori stitch resist methods for you to incorporate into your designs. Working from sketch book and camera Annabel will guide you in designing and making your own individual shibori pieces for example a large hanging, a set of cushions, an amazing scarf.


Day 6

Working on your own shibori projects with Annabel’s help and guidance.


Day 7 

Shibori Projects

The morning will be used to complete your main project that was started on day 5. The afternoon will be taken up with dyeing both indigo and fibre reactive dyes.


Day 8

Today we will say our goodbyes and 'tie up any loose ends'. Most flights are later in the afternoon so the studio will be open for you to use all morning followed by lunch before you leave.

If you have driven down you are free to leave anytime before 2pm.

Exploring Shibori Stitch Resist with

Annabel Wilson of Townhill Studio


March 5th - March 12th 2018 - 1 place left

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