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Sashiko Sunday: A Visible Mending Workshop

  • The Creativity Caravan 28 South Fullerton Avenue Montclair, NJ, 07042 United States (map)

Learn the Japanese art of sashiko stitching to mend and decoratively embroider (boro mending) your own well-loved and worn clothing.

"Boro" (which means ‘ragged’ in Japanese) mending developed in the 18th and 19th centuries in Japan as a way for the common folk to make their clothing last. As cotton was a relatively expensive item, any clothing or bedding made from cotton fabric was prized, and worth repairing. Over time, these items became so patched and stitched it was nearly impossible to see the original fabric!

The Japanese used sashiko thread (a high-twist cotton embroidery thread) and basic stitches to mend their garments and bedding. As 18th and 19th century fabrics in Japan were mostly indigo-dyed and sashiko thread was traditionally white, the stitches remained highly visible. This old clothing and simple stitching was originally considered a sign of poverty; it is now holds an important place in our slow-fashion mindset.  

This workshop will focus on practice stitching several sashiko patterns on a denim sampler, then applying what we’ve learned to our garments.  Participants should bring any cotton item they’d like to mend or decorate: jeans, shirts, jackets, pillowcases, tea towels.  

Tuition ($50) includes a denim sampler patch, sashiko primer, authentic sashiko thread and needle, and design templates.  Treats will be served!

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