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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.
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