‘Sashiko,’ literally meaning ‘little stabs’ refers to the regulated marks of patterned running stitch used throughout rural Japan from the Edo period onward. The technique was originally used to strengthen existing cloth, or to add quilted layers for warmth and is a beautiful example of necessity evolving into refined design.
The purpose of this course is to educate the student in both the history and technique of sashiko stitching. Instructors Marico and Toshie Chigyo will explain the materials necessary to complete Sashiko as well as detail various projects and artistic expressions made possible with this time-honored technique. Marico and Toshie will then guide students through the process of tracing a pattern onto cloth, stitch the pattern, and begin work on a beautiful and simple cross body purse to showcase your new stitching skills.
This virtual class comes with a material kit sourced and brought from Japan, which will be mailed to students prior to class. Skills gained in this class will be useful for all of your future stitching projects!
Friday, November 11th, 2022
12pm – 2pm ET
Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the day before class.
$109, includes the virtual class, a materials package and U.S. Domestic Shipping. If you are outside of the U.S. please contact us before enrolling so that we can give you a shipping quote. Please be sure to add your shipping address in the “Additional Information/Order Notes” section at checkout.
Toshie and Marico Chigyo
Toshie and Marico Chigyo were born in Osaka, Japan in 1957 and 1959, respectively. They grew up with their aunt, Fukiko, who inspired them to create handmade clothing and other necessities for their daily life. In their childhood, Toshie and Marico visited a Folk Arts Museum, where they first witnessed the Sashiko stitch. An old farmer’s jacket was detailed with stitches and creative ideas. At that moment, their “Sashiko journey” began.
The sisters have lived in the U.S. since 1979, and dedicate their lives to textile work. Specializing in “Sashiko,” Marico and Toshie create both authentic garments, accessories, and non-wearable art. Their work ranges from smocks and jackets to handbags, pillows, and quilts.
When the Sashiko stitch was yet to be introduced to the U.S., Marico and Toshie began to make pieces and show them at local crafts shows. People were so enthusiastic about this new, yet traditional craft. This fortunate beginning enabled them to expand their reach they soon began exhibiting in arts and craft shows across the country. The unique creations were showcased at the Smithsonian Craft show in Washington D.C., the Philadelphia Craft Show in Pennsylvania, the ACC show in San Francisco, and groups shows in Boston and New York.
Along with sharing their art through craft shows, Marico and Toshie also teach “Sashiko” workshops to needle groups from the East coast to the West coast. In efforts to share Japan’s unique culture and artistic offerings, the sisters also guide yearly trips to Japan.