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Sashiko Workshop Frankfurt am Main

Sashiko, Unshin, Sample Pieces and the Construction of Patterns

05. 10. and 06. 10. 2024
From 11 am to 3 pm

Plus 60 min Zoom

130,- EUR

6 spots

The price includes a sashiko needle, 20 meters of sashiko yarn in white or beige, a sashiko leather ring - yubinuki - as well as all necessary materials and fabrics, snacks, tea and coffee.

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 the weekend course, we will learn how to use the long sashiko needle to our advantage and how it helps us to construct patterns. After a short theoretical introduction, we will cut our yubinuki from leather and adjust it to fit our middle finger. We will familiarize ourselves with the sashiko needle, the sashiko thread and the sewing ring and try out our first stitches.

We take time to develop a good feel for the rhythmic up and down of the needle and gather ideas for the patterns we want to 'embroider' the komebukuro with. As a practice project, we will create sample pieces that can be used for individual projects. We will learn how to pre-draw and 'embroider' hitome sashi and moyo sashi.

By the end of the workshop, you will have gained valuable experience with Unshin and learned how to construct, sew/embroider Moyo Sashi and Hitome Sashi patterns. You will have gained a good idea of the many possibilities of this centuries-old sewing tradition and will be able to apply what you have learned to your own projects in the future.

After the workshop, we will set up a online meeting of 60 minutes via Zoom to answer further questions and exchange experiences.

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.

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, let me know.  We will discuss together whether I can grant a discount.

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