Stag & Bow


Stag and Bow host a continuously evolving wide programme of workshops from beginners’ standards - knitting, crochet and understanding your sewing machine - to more advanced classes in spoon carving, felting, lino printing and more. We also run classes themed round new book and product launches. Many of our tutors are local makers.

Sashiko stitching Sunday 16th June 10am-1pm

Sashiko stitching Sunday 16th June 10am-1pm


Sashiko, meaning ‘little stab’ is the Japanese art of stitching beautiful patterns using running stitch. Often used to add strength, texture and warmth to old garments, Sashiko has become synonymous with complex repeating patterns and precise stitching. Although most people will be familiar with the traditional white stitches on indigo fabric, sashiko thread actually comes in many shades, allowing for a wonderful variety of colourful designs. In this class you will learn:

How to mark up your patterns on fabric using a variety of pens and templates 

How to stitch neatly and precisely, Sashiko is all about even stitching!

The rights and wrongs turning corners, crossing lines andintersections

Starting and finishing a row of stich allowing room for stretching and washing

How to make a hatamusubi (loom knot) to maximize the use of your thread

You will stitch an indigo dyed handkerchief as a project using sashiko threads in a colour and pattern of your choosing. Students can bring a piece of their own fabric to work on if they prefer. The tutor will bring examples of their work as well as a number of reference books should anyone wish to continue their practice at home.

About the tutor:

Rob Jones is a textiles designer who takes his inspiration from Japanese textiles disciplines including sashiko, boro, shibori and katagami stenciling. Rob works with indigo and a selection of natural plant dyes and works out of a studio under an old railway arch in Hackney. He teaches at various venues in and around London.

Class size: 8

Level: all welcome

What to bring: all materials included

All participants will receive a 10% discount in the Stag & Bow shop for the duration of the class.

Please note our workshops/classes are not refundable

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