Monday, 11 July 2016

The next sashiko course at Edinburgh Patchwork

I have only three places left for the next sashiko course at Edinburgh Patchwork, which starts on Saturday 8th October.  Please contact me if you are interested in booking a place. 

Edinburgh Patchwork, 4 Bellevue Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4BY,
tel: 0131 538 5030
Saturdays - 8th October, 22nd October, 10th December, 28th January 2017, 11th February, 25th March, 8nd April, 29th April (this date may need to move to later in May if it clashes with the Knitting and Stitching Show at Edinburgh).  Each session costs £38, payable one session in advance, and the first £38 is your deposit.

I will also run the course again at Kaleidoscope, Dobbies Garden Centre, Boclair Road, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 6EP, tel: 01360 622 815 - dates to be announced soon.

On Wednesday, I'm going in to The Peacock and the Tortoise in Perth to discuss possible dates for running the course there too.  It would be a weekday course in Perth, possibly on a Thursday, and I would be looking to start it in the Spring.  More info about that as soon as I have it.

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!)

The gorgeous sampler in the photo above was made by Hazel Clark at the Kaleidoscope course. The shaded Moda print she used for the border and sashing looks wonderful.

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