Indigo dyed Shibori leather pouch crafted by you

Indigo dyed Shibori leather pouch crafted by you

Make a hand stamped leather pouch


Craft your own indigo-dyed shibori leather pouch. 

Day 1 - Shibori Leather Dyeing

Dive into the intricate world of Shibori, a centuries-old Japanese art form, to decorate a piece of leather that will form the basis of your pouch. 

Under Rachel's expert guidance, you will learn binding, folding, and clamping techniques. Students will be provided with some leather pieces to practice dyeing and a larger piece to prepare for use in the pouch workshop. Notes on the methods taught in the class will also be supplied so you can continue practising at home.

Additional activities (for a fee)

  • You can purchase additional pieces of leather to dye for your use at a later date.
  • Spin some flax to make linen thread for stitching your pouch, and dye it today.
  • Bring some items you want to dye in the indigo dye pot.

Note: Synthetic indigo is used.

Day 2 - Craft Your Leather Pouch

Prepare for a creative adventure as you craft your very own leather drawstring pouch for small items. The leather pieces dyed at the Explore Shibori Mastery workshop will set the stage for this exciting session, where you will learn the fundamentals of leathercraft, including saddle stitch, finishing edges, stamping designs, and setting grommets.

There will be a $55.00 materials fee on the day to cover the cost of the leather and supplies. 

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Parking Info

Entry to parking is from the shared driveway with Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy. Drive to the rear of the house and park in the bays.  

What to bring

  • All materials will be supplied.

What to wear

Casual clothing preferably dark as you may get a splash of the indigo dye .

The Guild brings together people who practise the arts of hand weaving, spinning and associated crafts and fosters and encourages the crafts by instruction, discussion and exhibition.

Joining the Guild has many benefits. These include: 

  • Discounted prices for workshops
  • Use of the library
  • Equipment hire
  • Special interest group membership eg: Weavers Interest group, Tapestry Interest group, Braids Plus, Spinning, Temari, Piece Weavers.
  • Invitations to members-only events.

Email: for an application form.

Membership rates are for one calendar year starting 1 January and ending 31 December. New members joining from 1 October receive the balance of the current year for free when purchasing next year’s membership.

Membership, single, with emailed Guild News — $60. 

If you would like a posted Guild News there is an additional $25.00.

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Your Teacher

Rachel Dengate is a creative force with a 30-year career spanning various artistic disciplines, including leatherwork, upholstery, signwriting, painting, furniture restoration and fabric dyeing. 

Rooted in Darug country, she is a prominent figure known for her unique leather art brand. Rachel's active involvement in artistic communities, such as the NSW Leather Guild, Aussie Leathercrafters, and various workshops, markets, and events, highlights her commitment to sharing her creativity.

Her latest venture involves the art of Shibori dyeing with leather, where she crafts one-of-a-kind pieces using this traditional art form.

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5.0 (5 reviews)
Catherinerated it
27 May 2024
I loved the workshop because it combined indigo dyeing with leatherwork, which I am interested in using in my projects. Rachel was generous with her knowledge, notes, one-on-one problem-solving, and supplies. I am delighted with my finished pouch and other dyed leather. Her teaching style sets you up for success. If you have the opportunity to do this workshop do not hesitate to book.
Joyrated it
27 May 2024
Fantastic workshop! Rachel is a patient & very generous teacher imparting her knowledge & skills with passion & clear instructions. Also flexible in allowing us to proceed at our own pace but moving us along so that we acomplished our task. Also encouraged us to go further into leatherwork & allowed us to dye other materials such as fabric & yarn. I would recomend this workshop to anyone who loves making things with your hands!
Melissarated it
26 May 2024
This course was absolutely fantastic! Rachael was wonderful at sharing her skill, patient with providing advice and guidance and the piece we all created was beautiful. All the tools and equipment we needed were provided and were of the highest quality. If it runs again- make sure you do it!
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions


Secure your booking by paying according to the terms and conditions.


Most courses have requirement lists and a materials fee payable to your tutor in class. 

Location of Workshops 

Most workshops will be held at the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild at Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson St, Eastwood. There is parking behind the house. Public transport is by bus accessed from Eastwood or Parramatta stations.


Participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to class commencing. The venue must be cleaned up within 30 minutes of class finishing.

Discounts on Workshops

Network Groups: For each course, one member may pay at the member’s rate on confirmation of their financial status by their group and its approval.

Knitters Guild NSW: We have a reciprocal arrangement with the Knitters Guild whereby their members may enroll at members’ prices and vice versa.

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