Thursday, 10 March 2016

2016 - 2017 Edinburgh Patchwork Sashiko course dates

We have just two more sessions to go for the sashiko course that has been running at Edinburgh Patchwork since the autumn and we have lots of lovely sashiko samples for our students to put together into their samplers at the end of the course.

The sampler above was made by Irene Beattie and the one below by Isabel Patterson, who were both members of our first sashiko course at The Studio, Loch Lomond.  Every sampler is unique.

So it is time to announce the next course dates - eight sessions on Saturdays once again - 8th October, 22nd October, 10th December, 28th January 2017, 11th February, 25th March (this was moved from earlier in the month to avoid a possible clash with the Quilt Show at the SECC in Glasgow), 8nd April and 29th April (this date may also need to move to later in May if it clashes with the Knitting and Stitching Show at Edinburgh).

We meet at Edinburgh Patchwork, 4 Bellevue Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4BY, tel: 0131 538 5030 but for this course, I handle all the bookings, so you need to e mail me if you are interested in joining us.  The shop is open from 10a.m. to 4p.m. and we start in the morning once everyone has arrived. Each session costs £38, payable one session in advance.  Four places have already been booked, which leaves just six places available for the next course.  If you are interested, please let me know asap.

I am also planning to run the course again at Kaleidoscope, but as yet we haven't finalised dates.
We will be learning how to stitch numerous hitomezashi (one stitch) and larger sashiko patterns from the Yuza town and Shonai district of Yamagata Prefecture in Japan, an area noted for its special sashiko patterns and long tradition.  Exploring the different groups of patterns, we will make a series of samples – finished sizes 9in and 4 1/2in square, plus some rectangles 9in x 4 1/2in – that can be combined later into a patchwork sampler.  These patterns are handed down through the Yuza Sashiko Guild and among other stitchers in the area, and this is the only longer course taught with their approval outside Japan.  Ganbatte kudasai! (Go for it/work hard!)
Session 1 - rice stitch variations and woven stitches - small samples –on 4 1/2in squares, with grids directly drawn on the fabrics.

Session 2 - persimmon flower stitch, coin stitch and variations - small samples and long sampler, plus more variations on persimmon flower stitch - triple, igeta pattern, infinite - on 4 1/2in squares.

Session 3 – introduction to flower diamond pattern, fish scale stitch, diamond stitch, abacus stitch - on 4 1/2in squares plus stitching on stripes and patterns in circles.

Session 4 – fans and kamon crests – marking and stitching corner fans and family crests – on 9in squares, using paper templates for the fans and chaco transfer paper for the crests.

Session 5 – drawing larger patterns with straight lines – raimon (lightning spiral), masuzashi (stacking boxes), asanoha (hemp leaf) and elongated asanoha – all on 9in squares.

Session 6 – moths/butterflies, grasses and bamboo patterns – patterns for all over pictorial effects - on 4 1/2in squares

Session 7 – drawing larger patterns with curved lines – shippou (seven treasures – like wineglass), fundou (balance weights – like applecore patchwork), nowaki (grasses in clamshell shapes), seigaiha (ocean waves, also clamshell shaped) and ganzezashi (sea urchin stitch, a variation on shippou) – all on 9in squares.

Session 8 -– sewing samples together into a patchwork sampler – with a brief look at some of the denser hitomezashi patterns - paving block, kasuri (ikat) check, ground stitch, cedar stitch, facing butterfly, arrow stitch.  It will be possible to do this session with any combination of samples made in the previous sessions – 4 1/2in and 9in – using 1in sashing strips.

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