Sashiko is a form of embroidery (stitched decoration) originating in Japan. It allows you to create beautiful designs and repeat patterns using a running stitch. At Graystone we offer a range of sashiko workshops for you to choose from.

Introduction to Sashiko Workshop

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

We will then choose a design and prepare our fabric for stitching using the kit provided.

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

There will be plenty of time to ask questions and receive help and advice, on any aspect of the process, before completing your pieces.

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.

We 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

Saturday 21st August: 2pm – 4pm (Single 2 hour session)

Tuesday 24th August: 2pm – 3pm (Part 1)
Tuesday 31st August: 2pm – 3pm (Part 2)

Tuesday 24th August: 7pm – 8pm (Part 1)
Tuesday 31st August: 7pm – 8pm (Part 2)

Tuesday 21st September: 7pm – 9pm (Single 2 hour session)

Saturday 25th September: 10.30am – 11.30am (Part 1)
Saturday 2nd October: 10.30am – 11.30am (Part 2)

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

Run as a single session in a venue, this face-to-face workshop runs for 2½ – 3 hours (including a break for refreshments). You can immerse yourself in the process of preparing and sashiko stitching a delightful lavender sachet or coaster to take home.

For the face-to-face workshop the fee includes the materials and equipment you will use on the day and refreshments.

Due to the pandemic these are still being planned. Please check back to see new venues and dates

Developing Sashiko Skills – currently interactive online only

In this workshop, we will learn about a range of different traditional Sashiko patterns and how to use a grid or template to develop them. 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.

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 product.

This workshop is interactive online. It runs for 3 hours in total, split over 2 weeks.

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

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

Thursday 5th August: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (Single 3 hour session)

Wednesday 18th August: 2pm – 3.30pm (Part 1)
Wednesday 25th August: 2pm – 3.30pm (Part 2)

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

An exciting opportunity to work on a longer-term project and create an impressive table runner. Inspired by the beautiful blooms we see in our gardens throughout the year this workshop will explore and incorporate the striking decorative patterns which can be used in Sashiko.

This is likely to run once a month on the first Wednesday of the month. More details and dates to be announced soon.

Christmas Decorations using Sashiko

Details to follow – watch this space