I might be wrong but Yoshiko had been teaching on the east coast of Australia for about 3-4 weeks before coming to NZ. We were the last of three workshops here and I think she was exhausted.
Our class started 3 days before the main forum so we didn't have the excitement of other classes going on at the same time and I guess I'm used to attending classes where everyone is a weaver or spinner so have a common bond to start with. I did think we were given a bum stear at the end as the next tutor wanted to set up in our classroom so we were moved to another room. Had hardly finished our windup (before 4pm) when we were turfed out of there so the new lot could have their glass of wine so everyone just scattered. A bit poor as we had paid good dosh to attend and didn't need to be treated like second rate citizens.
Enough moaning! I enjoyed the stitching but it is slow so had to do a lot in the evenings and soak and part dry the samples overnight ready for the indigo bath the next morning, early before the days talk started at 9am. Haven't decided what my favourite would be, perhaps the folding and stitching, katano. Clamping is instant gratification - minimum effort for maximum result was Yoshiko's quote - minimum for maximum. We briefly touched on pole wrapping at the end and the notes give many variations for this so much still to try.
This was an old fushia coloured scarf, folded and clamped and dyed with a square block. This was removed and the circle clamped and a second dip dye.
This was preprinted cotton lawn, the sample on the right looks like pegboard, the left hand sample works very well. Fabric is folded, layers of calico placed on each side and its stitched to resist the dye.
I enjoyed the indigo dyeing, especially as I find it so hard to dye cotton with procion dyes but it seemed very hard to get solid information on looking after the indigo. Yoshiko seemed to instinctively know how to look after it, just how much lime or zinc to add and when from long experience. I wouldn't have the patience for it now.
Having ironed the samples and been through the photography process I think I'm going to give the overall experience of the workshop a 5!