• Sashiko, an Introduction •

• Sashiko, an Introduction •


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Have you heard this term lately? Are you curious what it means and how to do it? Sashiko (pronounced: SA-Shi-KOE) is a form of quilting originating from Japan centuries ago when farmers and fishermen practiced a running-stitch technique called “little rice” to patch torn or worn clothing.  As cloth and thread were scarce, it was vital to mend clothing. Traditional Japanese patterns and motifs became incorporated into Sashiko stitching and much more intricate designs developed.  Today, Sashiko is used primarily as decoration on items such as curtains, tablecloths, clothing and accessories.  Traditionally white thread was sewn on indigo fabric. In this workshop you will learn the principles behind Sashiko stitching.  You will learn many traditional patterns and designs and create your own one-of-a-kind piece. And once you know the traditional methods you will be free to wander off in any stitching direction you might like....!

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~Saturday and Sunday, March 19 & 20, 2016, 9:30 am to 3:30pm~

Teacher: Kathy Goddu

Participants: Eight

Skill Level: Beginners are welcome, but you must be comfortable with basic hand sewing.

Materials: Kathy will provide all the supplies necessary for this workshop for a $15 fee, payable at the beginning of the session.  Please bring the following tools: A thimble (if you use one); scissors; tape measure; clear ruler; ball point pen, or stylus for pattern transfer; pencil and paper. There will be a lunch break, so you should bring one with you.

Kathy Goddu

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Over 13 years ago Kathy became entranced with Indigo dye and Shibori while on two different Home Stay Exchange Programs in the prefecture of Aomori, Japan.  Shibori is an ancient dye resist process with many different techniques.  Her life has been forever enriched by their culture, ethics, and artistic craftsmanship.  Since then she has had the privilege to study with four of the most renowned shibori artists in the country. She is also self-taught in Sashiko stitching.