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An introduction to Sashiko 1:


Saturday, January 18, 2025

12 to 3 pm

50,- EUR

6 spots

All necessary materials are provided.

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

Learn the basics of Sashiko and become familiar with the hand sewing technique Unshin, which is common for Sashiko!

With a simple cotton thread, a needle, the special sewing finger ring and a willingness to let go of perfectionist ideals, no two stitches in Sashiko are intentionally the same. As little fiber and fabric as possible is wasted. Unshin is a classic patchwork quilting stitch and is one of the utility stitches. Because of its wide range of decorative possibilities, it is also often referred to as embroidery. The rhythmic movement of the needle makes Sashiko ideal for experiencing the mindfulness that is inherent in all handicraft. Famous examples of Sashiko are the Boros, which have been made with many of these small stitches over many generations and now have cult status.

In the workshop we will familiarize ourselves with Unshin. We will learn how to use the long sashi needle to our advantage and how it can help us construct patterns. After a short theoretical introduction, we will cut our yubinuki from leather and adjust it to fit our middle finger. We will try out different sashiki needles (including one or two 'normal' needles), learn about the special features of the less twisted sashiko yarn and familiarize ourselves with the interaction of fabric, needle, thread, yubiniki and the different processes of Unshin. We will make sample pieces that can be used for small bags or similar items.

At the end of the workshop, you will have gained a good idea of the many possibilities of this centuries-old sewing tradition and should be able to apply what you have learned to your own projects at home and develop them further in the future.

Sashiko 1 is the prerequisite to participate in Sashiko 2 on February 22, 2025 with a focus on Himotizashi and Moyozashi on Frebruary 23, 2025.

The workshop is a good basis for further participation in the Quilting Bee.

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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