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ARCHIVED Online Hitomezashi Sashiko (one stitch) Workshop

Tuesday 23 June 2020 / 10:30am
Online Hitomezashi Sashiko (one stitch) Workshop

Tuesday 23 June 2020
10.30am - 12.30pm (BST)

Booking Details

£25 per person
Booking essential - Priority for Japan Society Members and their guests

Please note that spaces are limited and early booking is recommended

Book online here

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 online workshop, led by Rob Jones, the participants will be introduced to a variety of Sashiko patterns, and will focus on Hitomezashi Sashiko (one-stitch sashiko) where the pattern emerges from the alignment of single stitches made on a grid. The stitches add extra strength to the fabric and this is a technique that can be used in boro fabric repairing.


This is a project based workshop where participants will pick one of three designs and stitch the design onto their own fabric.

A kit is available to purchase at Romor Designs

Participants will need the following materials and tools:

  • Some fabric to stitch on
  • Sashiko thread (or alternatively, embroidery thread): This can be in any colour of your choice and that will work with the fabrics selected
  • Sashiko needle (or alternatively, embroidery needles)
  • [OPTIONAL] Thimble or sashiko coin thimble
  • Soluble marker pen
  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • A ruler
  • [OPTIONAL] A sheet of sandpaper and masking tape (the sandpaper goes under the fabric and helps prevent it moving during the marking up stage)

If you have a cutting mat this is ideal for marking up patterns using the marked grid

Sashiko kit can be purchased from Romor Designs and some materials and tools from Susan Briscoe Design or Doughty’s Online.

London-based Romor Designs was formed in the autumn of 2015 by Rob Jones, a Shibori textiles designer and natural dyer. Having discovered Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, at West Dean college, Rob went on to study in Japan under indigo guru, Bryan Whitehead. In 2018, Rob returned to Japan to expand his Japanese textiles skills, visiting Ise, the home of Katagami stencilling and buying supplies to set up his own teaching practice back in the UK.

Rob will also lead an Online Boro (fabric repairing) Workshop on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

If you have any questions, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email us at:

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