Sunday, March 3 , 10am-1pm
Location: 817 W. Davis #110 Street
Instructors: Lily Smith-Kirkley and Shannon Driscoll
# of Students: 4 - 12
The Japanese word sashiko means little stabs and refers to the small stitches used in this type of needlework. This form of Japanese folk embroidery uses a simple running stitch to create a geometric surface arranged in tessellating patterns. This beautiful and functional form of embellishment has been used in Japan beginning in the 19th century to both mend and ornament textile surfaces. Traditional designs range from simple to complex. While some patterns may initially appear difficult, it is simply a matter of breaking down the whole into parts. It’s easy to learn (especially with patient teachers and a room of supportive classmates). You will find the process is very meditative, relaxing and fun. In this workshop students will receive a panel of indigo fabric with a preprinted pattern that we will sew in class and a blank tea towel that we will transfer a pattern of your choice for you to sew at home. Students will take home a shashiko needle and thread.
You will learn proper sewing techniques as well as:
-how to braid your thread to prevent knotting
-how to sew in directional groupings
-how to make corrections
-how to transfer a pattern to fabric
Students receive a kit including:
–Printed Sashiko Sampler (to be sewn in class)
– Sashiko Needles
– 2 X Sashiko Thread, 2 meters
– Blank fabric swatch to practice pattern transfer
– Transfer Paper
Hosts will provide hot tea and snacks, you are welcome to bring food and beverages as well.*Bring a friend and receive a 10% discount. If you'd like to bring a group please call or email for discounted rates.
Lily owns and operates Lilco, a letterpress studio in Oak Cliff. She is a native Texan and graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. With ten years of design experience, Lily has worked for companies both large and small. In her down time she enjoys embellishing vintage clothing with shashiko patterns and boro patchwork.
Shannon is co-owner of Oil and Cotton.
Shannon and Lily began their study of shashiko embroidery when they made a shashiko quilt with a group of friends. They look forward to sharing their experience with you.