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Kogin hand embroidery workshop

March 1 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Kogin embroidery is a type of Sashiko, originating in the Northern part of Japan, in Aomori prefecture and is a type of counted thread work. It is stitched on a open weave fabric traditionally with white stitches against a dark background (meant to resemble snow on the ground). It works beautifully in colour too! It is stitched from side to side typically over an uneven number of threads with stitch sizes of one, three or five in length to make up geometric, symmetrical patterns.

The name “Kogin” derives from the Japanese word “koginu”, “ko” being “small” and ginu meaning “wear”, the name of a long Japanese jacket, which was often decorated with this technique.

In this class you will learn:

• How to form the three basic length stitches and count threads

• Where to start and how to neatly tidy your starting and ending threads on the back of your piece

• The rights and wrongs turning corners, crossing lines and intersections

• Starting with a number of small patterns to get used to the stitching you will then work on a larger, more involved pattern using a template provided

• Information will be provided about how to make your own designs

The tutor will bring examples of their work as well as a number of reference books should anyone wish to continue their practice at home.

Rob Jones is 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 Japanese textile techniques at Fabrications.

This is an ideal follow on to the morning Sashiko class, we offer a discount when booking the full day!

PRICE: £50 or £95 (Sashiko & Kogin)

All required materials are provided for the class.

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)


March 1
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Barley Massey