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Sashiko Saturdays

Saturdays 1/15, 2/26, 3/26, 4/23  10AM-12PM
-Flower Cloth

Create a Sashiko Embroidered Sampler

 Hanafukin translates as “flower cloth”. It is an embroidered and embellished 100% cotton tea towel or kitchen cloth intended to be both beautiful and utilitarian.  Stitching lore teaches that hanafukin were stitched by mothers as reference to pass along Sashiko embroidery patterns to their daughters. Sashiko means "small stabs" and is a Japanese style of hand embroidery. With our cotton cloth as a canvas, we will use a simple running stitch to create a nine- square sampler of bold, geometric patterns and thematic floral stencil motifs. Participants will; use a Sashiko grid and stencils to plan and layout designs, draw with circle templates and rulers to create patterns, employ “small stabs” to stitch geometric or flowing Sashiko patterns, try different thimbles, and learn how to avoid or hide knots. All skill levels welcome!

Previous Sashiko students, please bring your kits.

This class will be held in the store at 171 Main Street.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Materials Included: Class kit includes; 14
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
Class kit includes: 14 x14 Japanese cotton Sarashi fabric, Olympus brand Sashiko needles, fabric marker or pencil, and pattern guide.

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