Sashiko is a form of embroidery (stitched decoration) originating in Japan. You can use it to create beautiful designs and repeat patterns with just a running stitch. At Graystone we offer a range of sashiko workshops for you to choose from.

Introduction to Sashiko Workshop

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of Sashiko, the threads, fabrics and equipment that we use and then look at tips on using the different mark-making tools.

Following on from this, you can choose a design and prepare your fabric for stitching using the kit provided.

We will share tips on how to ensure accurate and beautiful results in Sashiko. Then you can put this into practice by starting your own stitching, to create a coaster and a lavender sachet.

Before completing your pieces, you will have plenty of time to ask questions and receive help and advice on any aspect of the process.

Interactive online workshop dates

The interactive online workshop ‘Introduction to Sashiko’ is usually run over 2 sessions (1 hour each). This allows you to master the basics of preparing and stitching your delightful lavender sachet or coaster, with time between sessions to practice what you have learnt.

However, we do offer some single session ‘Introduction to Sashiko’ workshops (2 hours) for those who are short on time and find it difficult to commit to more than one date. Please check the dates!

Introduction to Sashiko run interactively online: £25
plus; basic Sashiko kit: £11 (includes UK postage)
or downloadable templates: £4

Thursday 4th November: 2pm – 3pm (Part 1)
Thursday 11th November: 2pm – 3pm (Part 2)

Thursday 4th November: 7pm – 9pm (Part 1)
Thursday 11th November: 7pm – 9pm (Part 2)

Face-to-face workshop dates

This face-to-face workshops generally run as single sessions in a venue (including a break for refreshments). You can immerse yourself in the process of preparing and sashiko stitching in a friendly inclusive environment. You will make a delightful product that you can take home.

Details for a face to face workshops can vary depending on the location.

I am currently talking to some local venues. Please check back to see new venues and dates

Developing Sashiko Skills – currently interactive online only

You will learn about a range of different traditional Sashiko patterns and how to use a grid or template to develop them. In addition, we will discuss the threads, fabrics and equipment and look at some different methods for marking designs onto the fabric, along with tips on how to choose the right method for each fabric.

Using the kit supplied, you can then choose your design and prepare your own fabric.

After preparing your fabric, we will discuss tips on how to ensure accurate and beautiful results. Once you are well under way, we will look at the different options for turning your Sashiko fabric into a beautiful zipped pouch or poucn with a magnetic button.

This workshop run is interactively online and runs for 3 hours in total, split over 2 weeks.

For those with busy lives and who still want to be creative we occasionally offer the Developing Sashiko Skills workshop as a single 3 hour session. Don’t worry, if you don’t complete your stitching in the session as you will can continue to receive support if you need it.

Developing Sashiko Skills run interactively online: £37.50
plus; basic Sashiko kit: £17 (includes UK postage)
or downloadable templates: £6

Tuesday 28th September: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (Single 3 hour session)

Saturday 16th October: 10.30am – 12pm (Part 1)
Saturday 23rd October: 10.30am – 12pm (Part 2)

Wednesday 17th November: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (Part 1)
Wednesday 24th November: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (Part 2)

Four Seasons Table Runner Workshop

Here is an exciting opportunity to work on a longer-term sew-along project and create a stunning table runner covering the four seasons. Inspired by the beautiful flowers we see throughout the year and the intricate decorative patterns used in Sashiko, you will be able to sew along and create your own original design in glorious colour.

This series of 12 workshops will run on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month. You will receive a selection of pretty flower motifs at the start of each season (every 3 months). These are drawn from the flowers in season during those months, with some based on traditional motifs such as Sakura (cherry blossom) and Kiku (chrysanthemum) and others created by myself. You can choose which flowers to use on your table runner, you can even add some of your own. In addition, some Hitomezashi (one stitch Sashiko) patterns will also be suggested for use as the background, creating your own original work of art.

The table runner has a contemporary theme, using a range of shades to reflect the riot of colours and flowers that we see throughout the year. I will also be offering a more traditional blue colourway using indigo and blue thread stitched on to cream fabric. Kits are available for each. Alternatively, you can choose to receive downloadable templates and supply your own threads and fabric – this is a great way to repurpose sheets and tablecloths.

The 4 Seasons Table Runner workshop is run as 12 interactive online sessions.
Payment options:
Fees for all 12 sessions in advance £110
Fees split into 4 payments and paid quarterly – £30 due in advance of sessions 1, 4, 7 and 10

Kit Options and Dates:

Brights Kit or Blues Kit: £100 (includes UK postage) Sent in 4 separate installments before sessions 1, 4, 7 and 10. The first pack contains undyed organic hemp cotton fabric and muslin, a range of sashiko threads, templates for the first 3 months, sashiko needle, carbon paper, tailors chalk pencil or soluble fabric pencil and booklet. In addition, you will receive 3 further packs one each before sessions 4, 7 and 10. These will contain a set of templates for the season, together with sashiko threads, tailors chalk pencil and carbon paper.
Please contact me if you would like to split the cost of the kit over 4 payments.

Brights Starter Kit or Blues Starter Kit: £60 (includes UK postage) Receive one pack to get you started. This pack will contain undyed organic hemp cotton fabric and muslin, a selection of sashiko threads, paper templates for the first 3 months, sashiko needle, carbon paper, tailors chalk pencil or soluble fabric pencil and booklet. Note: you will need to purchase your own additional supplies when the pack runs out. However, you will receive further paper templates before sessions 1, 4, 7 and 10.

Alternatively, downloadable templates are available in pdf format. These are £24 for 4 sets of seasonal flower tempates.
If you would like to split the cost of templates over 4 payments please contact me.

Starts Wednesday 6th October 2.30pm. Last workshop Wednesday 7th September 2022

There are still places available – pay just £10 per session for the remaining sessions.

Wednesday 6th October at 2pm – 3.30pm **

Wednesday 3rd November 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 1st December 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 5th January 2022 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 6th April 2022 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 4th May 2022 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 1st June 2022 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 6th July 2022 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 3rd August 2022 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 7 September 2022 2pm – 3pm

** Please note the first session will be for 1 hour 30 minutes to allow for preparation, subsequent sessions will be 1hour.