Sashiko is an old Japanese form of functional embroidery. It is based on the simple running stitch and was used to repair clothing by reinforcing points of wear or patching worn places. Elegant, timeless designs that invoke clouds, mountains, bamboo, and more were traditionally stitched with white thread on indigo cotton fabric. Today, though, sashiko can be used purely for embellishment and can be stitched in any color on any fabric.
Ready to give Sashiko a try? Your first class will include a short overview of Sashiko and instructions for stitching two designs – a hemp leaf on denim fabric and a tortoise shell design on linen fabric. Then, in the second class, you’ll learn how to sew a crossover bag from your denim fabric and an eyeglass case from the linen. Both can be completely hand stitched, so a sewing machine is not necessary. Whether you’re new to Sashiko or want to brush up on your stitching skills, this is the class for you!
Hellenne Vermillion was born and raised in Japan. She is a silk dye painter and mask maker who also teaches prehistoric Japanese Jomon pottery.
$45 – $55
Additional Supply Fee: None
Scholarship Available: No
- A Sashiko needle or similar embroidery needle.
- A hank of size 5 white Pearl Cotton DMC embroidery thread or similar (white, off white, navy, or your choice)
- Bag lining fabric – 18″ x 12″ piece of cotton (anything easy to sew and lighter weight than the denim in your kit)
- Bag strap – 1.5 yds of cotton webbing, a soft leather belt, or lightweight canvas plus any hardware you desire.
- Eyeglass case lining fabric – 12″ x 12″ of flannel, fleece, sweater knit, or similar.
- A kit including pre-marked denim fabric and linen fabric and instruction sheets will be mailed to you before the first class.