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Sashiko Basics



Sashiko is a Japanese embroidery practice which uses a simple running stitch to create bold and geometric patterns on textiles. This stitching practice has been used for centuries and continues into our current times to mend, patch, strengthen, quilt, and embellish garments and home goods for longevity and beauty. With focus on exploration of the craft, workshop participants will learn how to handle thread, lay out a simple grid, draw patterns, employ a Sashiko needle, and use "small stabs" to stitch designs onto their patch samplers. The beautiful stitched squares can later repair a garment, become a pocket, a framed textile, or a coaster.



Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Requirements: Vaccination and Masking is required for participation in this workshop.
Instructor: Rachel Barclay
Instructor Bio: 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 study Sashiko Embroidery 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 Japanese Embroidery Basics, Sashiko-stitched Tea Towels, Hand Sewn Drawstring Bags, and Visible Mending. Rachel stitches, mends, sews, reads teen fiction, journals, walks, and forages for natural dye materials. She lives in Middlebury, Connecticut alongside her woodworking spouse, Michael Pekovich, and their two young adult offspring. Follow her creative process on Instagram @rachelharrietteb
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The cost of this workshop includes a kit which includes one pair of Olympus brand Sashiko needles, 1 skein of Olympus Sashiko thread, pre-gridded practice patch, instruction guide, 6 inch mini-ruler, choice of sampler patch and marking tool.

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    • The Quilt Tree
    • thequilttree@gmail.com
    • (845) 353-1501
    • 9 South Broadway, Suite 1
      Nyack, New York 10960