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Sashiko F102 - Sashiko Decorative Mending

9 Seats Available






Meeting Times

  • Wednesday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Workshop will be held in our class space next door in the 356 S. Main Street house which is wheelchair accessible. 

Decorative Mending celebrates resourcefulness and sustainability by showcasing hand stitching rather than hiding it. This workshop will highlight the act of mending and textile repair with Sashiko Japanese Embroidery. With humble beginnings in rural Japan, Sashiko’s running stitch insulated work garments for warmth and longevity. Moving into contemporary times around the globe, the bold, geometric beauty of Sashiko continues to both strengthen and decorate fabrics.

Students will learn how to patch and repair a rip or hole, reinforce a worn area, and prepare their distressed textile in order to draw a Sashiko grid and pattern of their choice. Participants will employ the “small stabs” Sashiko stitching technique to repair or embellish their project!

Bring in one or two garments to assess for mending or decorating. Ideally, areas to repair will be no larger than four inches. Medium-weight, woven cotton fabrics work best; such as denim jeans, cotton or linen shirts, pants, cotton dresses. If desired, students may simply practice a Sashiko pattern or two on sampler patches provided.


$25 first-timer basic class kit should be purchased if you have never taken any of our Sashiko workshops with Rachel before. The kit includes: one pair of Olympus Sashiko needles, one skein of thread, needle threader, mini-ruler, fabric pen, grid & templates, and a pattern guide. (If you are signing up for more than one of the Sashiko workshops, you will only need one First-Timer Basic Class Kit.)

$15 required fee for all students includes sustainably sourced mending patches and one skein of Sashiko thread. 

Communal Materials and Tools: colorful Sashiko threads, rulers, fabric markers and pencils, thimbles, thread conditioner, and scissors.

Returning Sashiko students - bring your needles, threader, grid, circle templates, and ruler.

Please bring in a couple garments to assess for mending, your good reading glasses, water bottle, and a snack. 

Additional Notes


Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination and at least one booster as eligible will be REQUIRED for class registration for all sessions going forward. 


The Wesleyan Potters policy has changed. Mask wearing will be optional.

We have to be flexible and will advise if mask requirements go from optional to required during a class session. If Middlesex County COVID positivity rates increase into the Red Category, the loosened rules on masking may be modified for the health and safety of our community. 

Note that everyone has the option to continue to wear his or her mask during the semester. If you feel the need to continue to wear a mask for your own protections, or to protect someone close to you, you should do so. 

An email providing more information regarding our cleaning procedures will be provided before the start of class.

VACCINATION QUESTION: Are you able to provide proof of full COVID19 vaccination with booster? 

Please bring proof of vaccination to the office soon after registration and before your class begins. It can also be sent electronically to Wespots2021@att.net. In the subject heading, write your First name, Last name and your class. 


  • Tuition $88.00
  • Materials Fee $15.00
Total: $103.00

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