Sashiko Patches

What’s it all about? – 

Learn sashiko, a traditional Japanese stitching technique used to reinforce or mend clothes. It is particularly decorative, and can be used in all sorts of creative ways. You will also find out about boro mending, a lovely layered method using sashiko stitching.

In this workshop, you’ll learn about some traditional sashiko patterns and techniques, but also look at modern alternatives and how to design your own.  We will look at techniques for patching, tools, and materials needed, tips and tricks for preparing and stitching projects, and how to draw and stitch patterned sashiko. 

What will we cover?

The workshop is suitable for both beginners and more experienced stitchers. No prior sewing skills are required. We will begin with some sewing basics, learn sashiko running stitch and ways to apply your patterns and patches. Then it will be time to get creative and start stitching.

You will practice the techniques on provided fabric swatches. Upcycled fabric swatches will be provided for students to stitch. 

What you will get

  • Denim fabric piece
  • Cotton thread to create your patch 
  • Soluble fabric to transfer your chosen design
  • Needles and tools to use in the workshop
  • Gain the well-being benefits of mindful creating and crafting.