Sashiko workshop

Friday, October 11, 2019
09:30 ÷ 13:00
Galleria Nobili
Via Marsala, 4
20121 Milano (MI)

Japanese stitching workshop
held by Leila Magrini

What is sashiko

Sashiko (刺し子) is an embroidery technique born in Japan in the Edo period as a way to fix damaged clothes or to create new ones with parts of old and discarded dresses.

This kind of embroidery is always hand-made so that one of its most evident characteristics is the little irregularity in the stitches it is made of. Despite of this, there are strict rules to obey doing this kind of embroidery: stitch length must be two times the distance between two stitches, the other side of the stitches must be as flawless as the main side, design angles must obey precise rules.

Several kind of patterns exist, many of them of chinese origin, but japanese embroiderers has developed at least as many throughout the centuries.
Some of these patterns are:

  • Tate-jima (縦縞) - Vertical bands
  • Yoko-jima (横縞) - Horizontal bands
  • Kōshi (格子) - checked
  • Hishi-moyō (菱模様) - diamonds
  • Kikkō - hexagons (tortoise shell)

Laboratory programme

  • Introduction to the world of Japanese embroidery: historical notes on sashiko and its use
  • transfer techniques on paper and fabric
  • sashiko technique
  • embroidery on fabric prepared

Sashiko embroidery on napkins

Materials for transferring the design from paper to fabric

  • patterns for the realization of an embroidered product
  • transparent paper / tissue
  • co-specific paper for cloth
  • a remnant of cotton fabric prepared

Materials for embroidery

  • wide-eyed embroidery needle
  • cotton yarn

Sashiko tools


  • Maximum 8 students
  • Cost € 75, per person
  • Possibility to register for both Sashiko workshop and Boro Lab at the discounted price of 140.00 euros per person
  • Suitable for all levels, no experience required
  • All materials supplied by the artist
  • The materials produced remain the property of the student
  • For subscriptions please write to

Cancellation and non-attendance

If the cancellation occurs:
  • 10 or more days before the course: we will refund 85% of the amount
  • 7,8,9 days before: 50% refund
  • less than 7 days or non-attendance: no refund

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