Are you wondering how to decorate your clothes and pillows with white stitching on a dark blue background, that you see all over Instagram and TikTok? That’s Sashiko, and you can join this class to learn how to do it!
Sashiko is a Japanese hand-stitching technique that began as a way to reinforce garments and other pieces of fabric so they could be used over and over again. Boro is patched fabric covered with Sashiko stitching. It’s very strong and can last for years. Recently Sashiko and Boro have become popular all over the world for decorating and mending clothing.
Day 1: You’ll start by using a pre-printed kit to practice Sashiko stitching—including wearing a special thimble—and learn what makes this technique different from other kinds of embroidery. You’ll end up with a small Sashiko sample you can put in a frame.
Day 2: You’ll look at two different styles of Sashiko stitching and learn how to draw a typical pattern in each. Then we’ll pick one to practice. How about putting one of the patterns on a shirt you bring from home? BARN will have extra fabric for you to practice on, too, that you can save to decorate something—a pillow? a jacket? some jeans?—in the future.
Day 3: We’ll dive into Boro and see how you can incorporate a patch or two into your Sashiko sample. You’ll also see how you can combine stitch patterns and patches for different—and gorgeous—effects! We’ll also design and plan your project for the final day.
Day 4: You’ll finish up by making a stitched project you’ve designed that you can use as a wall hanging, patch jeans or a jacket, sew on a pillow or bag, or use as your own special placemat.
In addition to the samples you’ve created in class, you’ll take home some Sashiko needles, a Sashiko thimble, some pearl cotton suitable for stitching, a glue stick, a couple of fabric marking pens, and a handout with some typical Sashiko designs.
You are encouraged to bring woven fabric scraps or worn garments or home-deco items from home that can be cut up or patched. BARN will have plenty of additional fabric scraps to supplement whatever students bring.
- This class is for youth ages 12-16.
- Registration closes on Wednesday, August 3 at 9:00 am.
- When you register your youth, please enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email". All reminders and important information will go to the email address you register with.
- Please complete and return this minor permission form by August 3.
- Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the week of this class.
- Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
- BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
- If you have any questions, please email BARN Youth Program Director Jess Henderson at JessH@bainbridgebarn.org.
Instructor Fran Fuller
Fran Fuller learned to embroider when she was about 10 years old, and she has been using embroidery skills on and off since then. She first learned Sashiko about 3 years ago, and she Is thrilled to be able to share Sashiko techniques with anyone who is interested!