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Sashiko Embroidered Gift Bag

Dec 3 10am-1pm

Sashiko means "small stabs"; and is a Japanese style of hand embroidery. Students
will use a simple running stitch to create colorful, bold Sashiko patterns on linen. The
decorated linen squares will be hand or machine sewn to construct a rustic, drawstring
bag. This workshop allows time to explore thread color, layout, draw Sashiko designs,
and hand stitch a beautiful and functional bag.

Participants will embellish and construct a 9x11 linen drawstring bag choosing from six
traditional Sashiko patterns. Personal decisions will be made about layout, orientation,
patterns, and color. Students will hand sew the top casing with Sashiko needle and
thread, and have a choice of hand or machine sewing the two decorated fabric panels
into a fully-functional drawstring bag.

Vaccination and masking required. Upon registration please email a screenshot of your Excelsior pass or vaccination card to


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Materials Included: Students will receive a class kit ($25 value) which includes a pair of Olympus needles, skeins of thread, two panels of linen, sustainably sourced ribbon, 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 Sashiko kit

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