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. Try your hand at this versatile technique by stitching a simple geometric design using cotton thread on indigo-colored cloth. Afterwards, you can turn your stitched piece into a small bag, zippered pouch, or even a needlebook cover for Sashiko sewing needles. Warning: Sashiko may be addictive!
This is a 2-session online class that will meet from 1 pm to 2 pm on both July 19th and July 26th. Register today and we’ll email you the meeting password and send you your supply kit.
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
Required Supplies: None. A kit containing pre-marked fabric, a Sashiko needle, a hank of Pearl Cotton DMC embroidery thread, and instruction sheets will be mailed to you before the first class.