Make A Sashiko Needle Case with Molly Martin

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Make A Sashiko Needle Case with Molly Martin

Begins: Friday 06 December 2019

Ends: Friday 13 December 2019

Session: 2


Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 10

Learn the traditional art of Sashiko stitching while using the technique to make a beautiful hand made needle book for you to keep for years to come.

Level: No previous sewing experience is necessary.

During the first part of the class your tutor, Molly Martin will offer a short history on Japanese Sashiko and Boro repair. She will also demonstrate the technique including the rules on turning corners, crossing lines and intersections when stitching. This talk will be illustrated with plenty of inspiration to help you choose a design for your needle books. 

You will have the option to choose a traditional geometric Sashiko template or use a more organic approach similar to Boro repair stitching. 

You can choose the pieces of cloth you wish to work with from a selection of Ray Stitch fabrics.

Once cloth has been pieced and layered you will begin creating your own ‘slow stitched’ designs; focusing on our repetitive and mindful stitching process. Molly will then show you how to turn your samplers into decorative needle cases

We invite everyone to bring any pieces of cloth; old or new to the workshop, that you might want to incorporate.

Materials Provided:
A pre-cut piece of fabric for your needle book case (acting as a canvas for the day) Cardboard
Various pieces of cloth and fabric for patching
We will also be supplying a couple of needles that you can take home in your needle books at the end of the day so you can continue stitching!


Molly Martin is a freelance illustrator, maker and artist, living in London. She specialises in Japanese Sashiko repair and has taught numerous workshops on the art of hand repair throughout the UK, with notable slow fashion companies including egg and TOAST. Passionate about the importance of repair and mending within our current climate, Molly hopes to inspire more people to mend they’re clothes with these traditional and timeless methods. Learn more about Molly’s work on her website -