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Learn the Art of Japanese ‘Sashiko’ stitching: afternoon workshop


Wednesday 18th October

Join stitch tutor Marilyn Willis for our afternoon workshop 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 practiced 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.

Marilyn will teach you the basic stitch and show examples that you can experiment with.  Try some of the geometric stitch patterns using a template, create your own denim patch ready to sew onto your jeans or jacket; or sew different patches together (Boro technique).

Over the past few years, the Garden House has taken groups to Japan four 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.

Date: Wednesday 18 October / 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Cost: £45 per person – includes materials and refreshments

BOOK ONLINE –  if you are unable to pay online, please contact us to find out about alternative ways of paying. 

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

CANCELLATION POLICY: We give a full refund (minus the Eventbrite administrative fee) if you cancel 8 weeks or more before an event, workshop or course.  Should you need to cancel within 8 weeks and are unable to attend, we ask you to find a friend to take your place.  To assist you, we will also try to find someone to take your place, but if this is not possible we will not be able to offer a refund.

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