09 Nov

Aspiring to Create Lovely Sashiko Stitching

I attended my second ever artist workshop and demonstration at Opus Downtown yesterday afternoon. This time I learned about Sashiko stitching from Heather Young of The Craft Lab. Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan, that is traditionally used to repair worn or torn parts of clothing. It often takes the form of white cotton thread stitched patterns on indigo cloth.

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The photos above are of some of the samples of work Heather brought in to share with the class. I had a lovely time stitching into an old piece of indigo dyed cotton from a workshop I did a few years ago. I need to buy proper sashiko thread and needles before I can continue my explorations with this technique.

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I have a few pieces of clothing that could use decorative repairs like this and be good as new again.

© Rachael Ashe