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october, 2021

30oct11:00 am1:30 pmSashiko Stitching WorkshopSashiko or ‘little stab’ is the Japanese art of stitching beautiful patterns using running stitch, with Rob Jones

Event Details

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 stitch allowing room for stretching and washing

– How to make a hatamusubi (loom knot) to maximize the use of your thread

You will stitch a cotton tote bag 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.

In the afternoon Rob will teach “Boro” – the Japanese art of mending using Sashiko stitching.  A discount is offered when you book the full day! If you are booking the full day option don’t forget to bring an item of clothing to repair / patch.

TIME: 11am – 1:30pm

Class Size: 8 students

PRICE: £100 (Full Day – Sashiko & Boro) or £55

HOW TO BOOK: Contact us directly on 020 7275 8043 or BOOK ONLINE

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


Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required
Event Area Sanitized
Other Health Guidelines Each participant will have your own work area, hand santiser and the relevant tools and materials for the workshop. PLEASE INFORM US IMMEDIATELY if you or a member of your household develop Covid-19 related symptoms (this will not affect your ability to re book)


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:30 pm


Rob JonesLondon-based Romor Designs was formed in the autumn of 2015 by Rob Jones, a shibori textiles designer and natural

Fabrications7 Broadway MarketThe workshop / event takes place in the Fabrications "Imaginerium" studio located downstairs from the shop area.