Sashiko is meant to make fabric stronger. It was used by the Japanese working class to extend the life of the fabric that they used for clothing and household textiles. Traditionally, even white stitches were sewn on dark blue cotton fabric to mend, strengthen and quilt the fiber. Over time, Sashiko evolved to become a beautiful fabric embellishment with striking patterns and figures using the same, simple technique of running stitches on textiles.
In this class, students will make a 5" sq. that can be used in making a simple lined cotton drawstring bag. You can use your bag to carry your sewing or Sashiko supplies.
Students will learn how to:
- use a printed fabric swatch and
- transfer a Sashiko design to the fabric using stencils and templates;
- stitch the design in class;
- receive instructions for completing the bag at home