VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Introduction to Sashiko
CLASS DATE: Sunday, October 25, 11am-1pm
LOCAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 3 days before scheduled workshop
SHIPPING REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 7 days before scheduled workshop
LOCATION: Your home!
INSTRUCTOR: Lily Smith-Kirkley and Shannon Driscoll
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 virtual classroom 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, as well as a set of shashiko needles and threads This workshop is beginner-friendly, but all levels are welcome. Login details will be sent the day before your class.
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
-we will also discuss 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
- Information packet
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.
*Local kit pickup is available Tuesday-Friday, 2-4pm at Oil and Cotton. Kits will be left on our back deck or by the back door with your name clearly written. Please email with questions to [email protected]
*Distance learners can have their kits shipped only if you place your order 7 days before the scheduled workshop. Or you can gather the materials included in the kit from home. For this class you will need embroidery floss, thread snips/scissors, cotton fabric (the color of the sky), and an embroidery hoop.