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Sashiko, Unshin, Komebukuro and the Construction of Patterns

July, 14, 2024

12 to 5:30 p.m.

100,- EUR

6 Spots

Active members of Liebe deine Kleider and the Quilting Bee get a discount. Ask for it!

The price includes a sashiko needle, 20 meters of sashiko yarn in white or beige, a sashiko leather ring - yubinuki - to take home and fabrics for the komebukuro, a small vegetarian lunch during the break, drinks, fruit and biscuits, 30 minutes of Zoom after the workshop and a PDF on the construction of the asanoha pattern.

The Sashiko Workshop is suitable for everyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of Sashiko, including those who have never held a needle before.


Learn how to transform the quality of your fabrics to make them durable and achieve a unique fabric texture. With this centuries-old technique from Japan, you can repair any hole in your favorite jeans or hand-sew new, individual fabric pieces of your choice. Using a simple cotton thread, a needle, the special sewing finger ring, and the willingness to let go of perfectionist ideals, in Sashiko, no two stitches are intentionally the same, and minimal waste of fibers and fabric is encouraged. The hand-sewing technique is called Unshin. The rhythmic movement of the needle makes Sashiko ideal for experiencing the mindfulness inherent in any handicraft. Famous representatives of Sashiko are the Boros, who crafted many of these small stitches over many generations. Unshin is a classic patchwork quilt stitch among utility stitches. Due to its diverse decorative possibilities, it is also often referred to as embroidery.

In this course 'Sashiko - Unshin, Komebukuro and the construction of patterns' we will familiarize ourselves with Unshin. We will learn how to use the long sashiko needle to our advantage and how it supports us for the construction of patterns.
After a short theoretical introduction, we cut our yubinuki from leather and customize it for our middle finger. We will get to know the sashiko needle, the sashiko thread and the sewing ring and make our first stitches.

We use a small rice bag, the komebukuro, as a practice project. We place patches on the outline of the bag with a basting thread and take our time to develop a good feel for the rhythmic up and down of the sashiko needle. We collect ideas for the patterns with which we would like to 'embroider' the komebukuro.

We will also have time to create and apply shippo and asanoha patterns from the moyo sashi group.

By the end of the workshop, you will have created the basic framework for the rice bag, gained valuable experience with Unshin and learnt how to construct, sew/embroider moyo sashi and hitome sashi patterns. You have gained a good idea of the many possibilities of this centuries-old sewing tradition, should be able to finish your bag at home and apply what you have learnt to your own projects in the future.

Please note: As is typical with textile handwork, these things take time. It's not possible to complete your project on-site. The more time you invest, the more beautiful the result will be.

We meet for a ZOOM meeting for 30 minutes after the summer holidays. I answer questions and give further recommendations. We exchange experiences.

The workshop provides a solid foundation for further participation in the Quilting Bee, where you can share and expand your experiences with a small group of textile enthusiasts.

If you are in a difficult financial situation and the workshop fees are too high for your wallet, please let me know.  We will see if I can offer you a discount.

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