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Learn ‘Sashiko’ Stitch and the Art of Japanese Mending


Tuesday 6th July

Join tutor Marilyn Willis in the relaxing atmosphere of the Garden House and learn a new hand-stitching technique – Sashiko.

Sashiko is a Japanese form of decorative reinforcement stitching – it translates directly as “little stabs” and was originally used to patch Japanese kimonos. This visible mending technique has been practised in Japan for thousands of years, and is now used to mend tears in fabrics, and as a decorative stitch in its own right.

In its more contemporary form, Sashiko stitching uses a white cotton thread on indigo fabric, and it seems that most of us have a precious jumper, dress or pair of jeans that we treasure, and which could be repaired or up-cycled in this way.

Over the past few years, the Garden House has taken groups to Japan three times.  We particularly love the Japanese ethos of ‘wabi-sabi’ – an acceptance of transience and imperfection – ‘nothing lasts, nothing is perfect and nothing is finished’. The belief is to look at an imperfect bowl, chair or piece of worn clothing, mend it,  and embrace the flaws and cracks.

Cost: £35 – to include materials and refreshments

Date: Tuesday 6 July – 10am to 1pm.  Places are limited so do contact us as soon as possible.

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Location: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT.

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