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Visiting Artist Workshop: Exploring Hand-Stitching and Sashiko

June 21, 2019

5:30 pm

$45 for members; $55 for not-yet members

Join us on Friday, June 21st for an evening of hand-stitching at WMA with visiting artist Aaron Head. Participants will learn the fundamentals of hand-stitching, as well as the stitches and patterns of Sashiko stitching and mending.

After learning the basic rules of Sashiko, participants will then be encouraged to bend those rules and develop their own stitching voice. The class will learn the meditative and mindful properties of hand-stitching, and learn to read Sashiko patterns. Students will be provided with naturally dyed fabric for stitching on, along with Sashiko thread and other naturally dyed thread for stitching with, and students will leave with at least four stitched swatches to be used for patches or decorative elements.

Students are also encouraged to bring a textile, home good or article of clothing that could use some hand-stitched embellishment or mending. Denim clothing, linen accessories and any medium-weight home good are perfect for this.Using stitches and techniques learned during the workshop, students can begin embellishing or mending their item.


  • Naturally dyed fabric
  • Naturally dyed thread
  • Needles, thimbles, threader, snips and all sewing materials
  • Rulers and marking pens


  • Clothing or home good for embellishment