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Sashiko Workshop

29th October 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Sashiko, meaning ‘little stab’ is the Japanese art of stitching beautiful patterns using running stitch. Often used to add strength, texture and warmth to old garments, Sashiko has become synonymous with complex repeating patterns and precise stitching. Although most people will be familiar with the traditional white stitches on indigo fabric, sashiko thread actually comes in many shades, allowing for a wonderful variety of colourful designs.

Your tutor is Rob Jones, a textiles designer who takes his inspiration from Japanese textiles disciplines including sashiko, boro, shibori and katagami stenciling. Rob works with indigo and a selection of natural plant dyes and works out of a studio under an old railway arch in Hackney. He regularly teaches Shibori and indigo dyeing at Fabrications.

In this class you will learn:

  • How to mark up your patterns on fabric using a variety of pens and templates
  • How to stitch neatly and precisely, Sashiko is all about even stitching!
  • The rights and wrongs turning corners, crossing lines and intersections
  • Starting and finishing a row of stich allowing room for stretching and washing
  • How to make a hatamusubi (loom knot) to maximize the use of your thread

You will stitch an indigo dyed handkerchief as a project using sashiko threads in a colour and pattern of your choosing. These materials are provided but students can bring a piece of your own fabric to work on if you prefer.

Rob will bring examples of his work as well as a number of reference books for inspiration to continue your practice at home.

PRICE: £50 or £95 (2 sessions Sashiko, Tuesday 29th & Boro, Tuesday 5th November)

You can also book directly with us at the shop or over the phone (and save on the online booking fee)

Please Note: The workshop will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)




29th October 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Barley Massey