Sashiko is a style of stitching originating from Japan that is both decorative and practical.
Sashiko was originally used as a way of reinforcing points of wear on clothes to make them both warmer and more durable.
In this easy-to-follow photography and video course, you'll learn how to creatively add a sashiko-inspired patch to any garment you wish to repair using simple hand stitching of embroidery thread. You can get started with just a garment, needle and embroidery thread.
Barley says, "Sashiko is an ideal way to repair and transform denim. Many of us have experienced our favourite jeans wearing out in certain areas while the rest of the item is still in good condition. Pick up a needle and thread and have a go!".
Barley is passionate about reusing and recycling and her step-by-step guidance in this course will make repairing and mending enjoyable.
With 24/7 unlimited access to the course, you'll be able to learn at your own pace.
WHY NOT TRY OUR make an easy sashiko-style denim patch course?
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Introduction and Meet the Maker:
- What you'll learn
- A brief history of Sashiko
- Meet Barley Massey (0:56)
Choose a design Preparing the garment:
- Trim threads
- Measure hole
Place patch on garment:
- Turn garment inside out
- Lay on patch
- Pin patch
Temporarily attach the patch (0:18)
Turn garment right side out
Remove the raw edge from the hole:
- Folding and pinning the edges
Remove tacking stitches
- Draw your design
- Thread your needle
- Running stitch
- Start a new row (0:14)
- Creating a cross
- Try different patterns
What do I need for this course?
- Garment you’d like to repair
- Fabric for your patch (a similar weight and type of fabric as your garment is good)
- Embroidery needle (regular size, needs a sharp point)
- Embroidery thread
- Tailor's chalk pencil or chalk
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Pattern templates (find downloadable pattern templates below)
Is this course suitable for beginners?
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Barley set up Fabrications in 2000 on Broadway Market in Hackney, East London. Her focus has been on reviving traditional textile techniques, eco-design and upcycling. Fabrications is a mini department store of creativity and design, selling Barley's own creations, homewares, fashion and accessories. They supply all the tools and supplies to fuel other crafters and offer classes in sewing, textiles and crafts.