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“Stop & Stitch" – Introduction to Sashiko with Vicki Cornish – Sat 5 February 2022

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Morning Session: 10am-12:30pm

"Stop & Stitch" – An Introduction to Sashiko with Vicki Cornish

Sashiko is a beautiful old form of embroidery from Japan and a wonderful introduction to the craft of hand stitching.

In this workshop Vicki from Bonsai Woman (@bonsaiwoman) will teach you to stitch a classic myozashi pattern with a maple leaf motif onto a gorgeous 100% linen tea towel.  You will have the option to stitch with some very special sashiko thread that Vicki has dyed with kakishibu (Japanese persimmon tannin).

During the workshop we will cover:

  • stitching technique with a long sashiko needle and Japanese leather thimble
  • preparing your threads
  • tracing out and designing your stitching
  • beginning and ending without a knot
  • maintaining correct tension in your work

You will also learn about the history of sashiko and the important message it has for today’s “fast fashion” world.

Lesson content will be covered in approximately 2.5hours. You can then continue to sit and stitch in the garden or finish your work at home.

All materials will be provided.

No embroidery or craft experience necessary. Beginners are most welcome!

What you get:

- A large 100% linen tea towel 70cm x 50cm

- A stitching kit of two sashiko needles and a Japanese leather thimble

- 20m of Japanese 100% cotton sashiko thread and a sample of sashiko thread dyed with kakishibu

- Maple leaf and curved line stitching templates.

- Workshop notes

- An opportunity to learn stitching skills in a relaxed, supportive and beautiful environment.

What to bring:

Your enthusiasm for learning a new craft! Everything else will be provided.

    Location: 211 Dowling Street, Dungog NSW
    Parking: Dowling St or nearby side streets

    This workshop will be run outside so you can enjoy our beautiful outdoor space. If it is too hot, windy or wet, we will be indoors in air conditioning.