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Sashiko Basics

Saturday 3/30, 1-4PM

Sashiko is a Japanese embroidery and mending practice which uses a simple running stitch to create bold and geometric patterns on textiles. An essential hand stitching skill for farming communities in rural Japan, it was used exclusively to mend home goods and work clothes. Over the centuries, Sashiko’s designs evolved into standardized and admired patterns inspired by nature, culture, and architecture.

With focus on exploration of the craft, we will learn how to handle thread, layout a simple grid, draw patterns, and employ the "small stabs" strategy to stitch designs onto our sampler squares. You will choose patterns that suit your design aesthetic and comfort level. The beautiful stitched squares can be transformed into a patch, sachet, tiny bag, or coaster.

All skill levels welcome!

This class requires 4 students to run.

By enrolling in this class you agree to the following policies:

  •  Full tuition is due at time of registration.
  • You may withdraw from a class and receive a full refund, minus 4% processing fees, up to one week before class begins. After that time, refunds will be issued as credit for future sashiko classes only. No-shows are not eligible for refunds or class credit.

  • We're currently following CDC Mask Guidelines for Dutchess County based on the information here. Please check mask guidance prior to attending.
  • If we need to cancel a class you will receive a full refund.




Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Materials Included: Students will receive a basic class kit which include a pair of Olympus needles, skeins of thread, circle templates, mini-rulers, needle threaders, resource lists and instruction guides.
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, 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
Includes Basic Sashiko kit

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.