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Western North Carolina Fibers/Handweavers Guild

Sashiko-ori Workshop

  • 8 Mar 2024
  • 10 Mar 2024
  • 3 sessions
  • 8 Mar 2024, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • 9 Mar 2024, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • 10 Mar 2024, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Where: Interpretive Center, Historic Johnson Farm
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Sashiko-ori Workshop

3 day workshop with Beth Ross Johnson

Sashiko-ori or Woven Sashiko challenges weavers to think about design in a different way as they learn to control the intersections of pattern threads in the warp and weft.

Although identified technically as a supplementary warp and weft technique, my investigations of this weave structure were inspired by the exploration of hitomezashi sashiko, a Japanese folk stitching method in which the embroidery threads intersect at right angles to produce beautiful stitched patterns that reinforce, repair or decorate cloth.  These lines can be woven into a cloth in the warp or weft and the perpendicular or diagonal lines can be stitched in after the cloth is woven.  Another option is to weave both lines in using minimum of six harnesses.

With warps supplied by the instructor, students will learn to design and weave these patterns and learn ways to stitch patterns into the cloth which they can take home to work on. The workbook will give students some additional avenues to explore. If any students have done a workshop with me before I can direct them to a more complicated structure, but would like to know ahead of time.

Instructor will provide: warps ($45 materials fee per student), weft thread, handouts, stitching material
Participants will provide: Loom you are familiar with at least six shafts, two shuttles, with bobbins, threading tools, graph paper.
If you have them: iPhone, iPad or laptop, raddle (we can share), bobbin winder to fit your bobbins (we can share)

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