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Sashiko Quilting


1 Day

Sat, 6th June, 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

The gentle art of Japanese quilting has fascinated me for many years. I learnt the technique from my friend Rosemary Muntus in 1988 and in 1991 I was awarded two first prizes at The Great British Quilt Festival for a piece I made called Kamon 1. During this workshop I will introduce you to the delights of this technique. I have designed two patterns for you to choose from, one of which is the sample seen above. I will discuss designs, demonstrate marking, hand stitching techniques and finishing techniques. 

Students requirements

½ metre plain dark blue cotton fabric (not poplin or sheeting please, it is too difficult to hand stitch). Authentic Japanese fabric is available and has a slightly looser weave than standard fabrics.

½ metre backing fabric (lightweight calico is ideal, but pre-wash before use)

Optional - ½ metre wadding – I prefer Hobbs Heirloom 80% cotton/20% polyester mix. Sashiko does not usually include a third layer, but I like the finished effect when wadding is used.

Sashiko thread, Cotton Perle No 8 or Coton-a-Broder in white, off white or cream (natural) colour

Sashiko needle or Embroidery Crewel

1 pack of Prym or Burda Dressmakers Carbon tracing paper (the sheets by other brands are too small), friends can share this but I will have some you may borrow if you prefer.

A knitting needle for marking the design (approx 4mm or old size 8) or a Hera (Japanese marking tool)

Hand sewing kit to include pins, scissors, tacking thread, thimble etc.

Note pad, pencil, rule, paper scissors and masking tape

I will provide patterns for the project you will be making

NB: Sashiko is not usually quilted in a hoop, but bring one if you prefer.

© Janice Gunner 2015