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Super Size Sashiko Pillow

Saturday, Nov. 5 2pm-5pm

Sashiko is a traditional Japanese embroidery and quilting art. A simple running stitch creates bold, geometric designs inspired by nature, art, and architecture. The Sashiko needlework practice has been passed down through families since the 1600s to mend and embellish garments and home goods for beauty and longevity.
In this workshop, we will focus our small stabs stitching strategy on a large 18'' envelope pillow. Select your own half yard cut of Robert Kaufman Essex cotton and linen fabric and Sashiko thread. Choose from a selection of Sashiko patterns and stencils. Our workshop will allow time to discuss Sashiko uses past and present, layout and draw patterns, and get a good start stitching your pillow for completion at home. We'll provide everything you need for your Sashiko embroidered heirloom. Previous Sashiko students, please bring your kits. All skill levels welcome!

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

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

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Previous hand-sewing experience or completion of Sashiko Basics is helpful but NOT required.
Materials Included: Each class kit contains: One half yard of Robert Kaufman Essex Linen/Cotton blend fabric, one pair of Olympus brand Sashiko needles, 1 skein of Sashiko thread, pre-gridded practice sampler, pattern instructions, fabric marker, tapestry needle threader
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
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