Sashiko, meaning ‘little stab’ is the Japanese art of stitching beautiful patterns using running stitch. Often used to add strength, texture and warmth to old garments, Sashiko has become synonymous with complex repeating patterns and precise stitching. Although most people will be familiar with the traditional white stitches on indigo fabric, sashiko thread actually comes in many shades, allowing for a wonderful variety of colourful designs.
In this class you will learn:
- How to mark up your patterns on fabric using a variety of pens and templates
- How to stitch neatly and precisely, Sashiko is all about even stitching!
- The rights and wrongs turning corners, crossing lines and intersections
- Starting and finishing a row of stich allowing room for stretching and washing
- How to make a hatamusubi (loom knot) to maximize the use of your thread
You will stitch an indigo dyed handkerchief as a project using sashiko threads in a colour and pattern of your choosing. All materials are provided, though you can bring a piece of their own fabric to work on if you prefer.
The tutor will bring examples of their work as well as a number of reference books should anyone wish to continue their practice at home.
Rob Jones is a textiles designer specialising in the Japanese resist dyeing technique "Shibori", derived from the Japanese verb Shiboru, meaning to wring or to squeeze. Rob works out of a studio under an old railway arch in Hackney in East London and teaches Shibori at various venues in and around London.
For more information visit www.romordesigns.com