Sashiko means "little stabs" in Japanese or "little pierce" and is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching that started out of practical need during the Edo era (1615-1868) in Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, making the piece ultimately stronger and warmer.
Boro is very close to Sashiko, both use white thread on indigo and both are mending techniques but boro meaning “rags” or “tattered cloth,” refers to textiles that have been patched many times, so giving a far less structured effect. This sturdy method makes both Boro and Sashiko perfect for mending denim.
Darning is a sewing technique for repairing holes or worn areas in woven or knitted clothing, using needle and thread alone - repaired by hand.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN..
You will have a range of stencils to choose from to outline your Sashiko design on your clothing or fabric. And our friendly tutor will give you design suggestions on how to layer up your patches, to give that authentic Japanese Boro effect.
As well as learning traditional Japanese mending, you will also be given an introduction in to the art of Darning, a textiles mending technique traditionally used on knitwear, but can also be used on any fabric to help you mend or up-cycle your favourite clothes, using an interesting check pattern weaving method.
We will also show you invisible mending if you're after a more subtle approach to your mending.
This will be a hand sewing class, so no need to be a pro on the sewing machine! Which means you will be able to learn the techniques and continue to fix your clothing in the comfort of your own home.
Fabrics will also be provided if you just want to learn the techniques first.
All materials will be provided and a 10% discount will be given to those bringing their own clothing to the workshop. Just enter the code RESTORE at checkout.
You will leave the workshop feeling inspired to continue fixing and rejuvenating all of your favourite pieces that need a bit of TLC or even if you just want to customise your jumpers or jeans to make them a bit more exciting.
Suitable for complete beginners
All materials will be provided and sent to you in a pack:
1.) Embroidery Thread and Yarn
3.) Sashiko and Darning needles
4.) PDF Hand out instructions and inspiration sheets (for you to keep)
**Please provide your own scissors for the session**
Once you've booked on to the workshop, you'll receive a confirmation email.
Looking forward to seeing you then!