Learn Japanese fiber art methods at Watermark

Learn shibori dyeing and sashiko stitching from instructor Mary Bartrud on Dec. 3.

The traditional Japanese method of sashiko stitching, like this example by instructor Mary Bratrud, will be featured in a workshop Dec. 3, 2022 at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.
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Mary Bartrud will lead a workshop on traditional Japanese methods of folding, binding and stitching while dyeing fabric with indigo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.

Shibori dyeing is a centuries-old Japanese technique of binding fabric in various ways before dyeing it to create areas that remain unexposed to the dye. According to a news release, “The result is beautiful, deep indigo-blue patterns. There are many different techniques used in binding, including sashiko stitching, each producing unique results.”

Explore different stitching techniques, each producing a different pattern. Each student will stitch/dye a tea towel and an 18-by-18-inch fabric square.

For more information, visit or call 218-444-7570.

Bemidji-based grassroots organization Manidoo Ogitigaan is helping revitalize Native art forms and cultural knowledge.

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