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Introduction to Sashiko and Boro


Price includes 6 hours of class, a $41 kit fee will be added at check out.

A Virtual Class With Pepper Cory

Feb 5, 2:00-4:00pm
Feb 6, 2:00-4:00pm
Feb 13, 2:00-4:00pm CST

Pepper always adds historical insights to the techniques she teaches. Join her for an adventure in Sashiko, Boro, and simple patchwork as you make a small (12″ x 16″) envelope-style pillow.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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You will begin with Sashiko, create a focal square by stitching the traditional pine-bark design on dark indigo square. Inspired by the Shimacho (stripe books of woven samples used by Japanese weavers to sell their work), Pepper shows you how to frame the Sashiko with indigo patchwork. This patchwork and the pillow finishing can be done by hand or machine.

For the back of your envelope-style pillow, traditional elements of Sashiko stitching in white are combined with Boro patches in contemporary shot cottons which can be frayed at the edges to display thread color variations within the fabrics’ warp and weft.

You will learn to:
• Use a stencil to transfer Sashiko designs to fabric
• Stitch the Pine-bark design
• Add patches, Boro-style
• Surround the stitched square with patchwork
• Finish an envelope-style pillow (No zipper required)

A kit is required for this class; the $41 kit fee will be added to your order.
The kit will include:
1-1/2 yd. total of 7 different indigo prints plus smaller pieces of indigo homespun and three shades of shot cotton in blues for the body of the pillow; pack of assorted-size Sashiko needles; a ball of #8 white perle cotton; astencil to mark designs; a white chalk pencil; and extensive printed directions.
Note: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Need to be able to measure and cut fabric shapes following directions; see cutting directions in Pre-class work on your Dashboard class page.

Supply List
• Thread to sew patchwork; color suggestion is dark gray
• Sharp scissors
• Notebook
• Pen or pencil with eraser
• Pencil sharpener
• Seam ripper (if sewing by machine)
• Straight pins
• Ruler

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Patricia S.
Great class

I really learned a lot in this class and love my pillows (I made two(}

Wonderful teacher, wonderful class

This class was fun, interesting and informative. I learned new things and the project we had is lovely! I highly recommend this.