Transformative Stitches! Explore the beauty and function of Sashiko Japanese Embroidery Slow down with the meditative stitching of Sashiko to transform linen and denim sampler squares into small, functional objects. Sashiko translates as tiny stabs, and is a humble Japanese needle practice several centuries old. Using a simple running stitch, working people mended and quilted their garments for warmth and longevity. In contemporary times around the world, Sashiko’s bold, strong stitches are celebrated for their resourcefulness and beauty. With focus on the decorative exploration of the craft, we will; layout a simple grid, learn how to draw Sashiko patterns on our grids, and use Sashiko’s "small stabs" strategy to stitch designs onto rescued linen and denim. With hand or machine sewing, our embroidered squares may be transformed into a sweet sachet, tiny drawstring pouch, small pillow/pincushion, or sturdy coaster. Choose from a variety of floral stencil motifs and traditional Sashiko patterns including; linked treasures, ocean waves, or flat mountain path to suit your personal design aesthetic and skill set. Experience Level – All hand stitching levels welcome! Supply List:
You may want to bring a favorite pair of scissors or snips, thimble if you use one, and reading glasses.
Kit Fee: $25 USD -- Class kit includes all tools and materials to create a beautiful Sashiko embroidered object; rescued linen or denim squares, a pair of Sashiko needles, needle threader, mini-ruler, fabric marker, colorful Sashiko cotton threads, stencils and templates, recycled fiber filling, and pattern guide. Your kit fee will be due to the teacher at the start of class. It is easier if you bring cash in the exact amount of the fee.
About Rachel:Rachel Barclay studied Textiles, Installation Sculpture, Printmaking, and Elementary Education in San Francisco and Long Beach, California. Throughout her journey as a creator, educator, and parent, she has focused on making functional sewn and embellished garments, and mixed media textile objects. After learning Sashiko and Visible Mending with Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino, Rachel embraced the hand-work practice as an act of mindfulness, empowerment, beauty, and sustainability. She continues to learn and study online with Kazue Yoshikawa of Sashiko Lab in Kyoto, Japan. Rachel shares her joy of hand-stitching with adults and children, alike, teaching workshops in Sashiko Basics, Sashiko Embroidered Tea Towels and Table Runners, Visible Mending and Garment Embellishment. Rachel stitches, mends, sews, reads teen fiction, journals, walks, forages for natural dye materials and healing plants, and takes day trips to nearby cities for coffee and culture. She lives in a small Connecticut town alongside her woodworking spouse and their two young adult offspring. Follow her creative process on Instagram @rachelharrietteb