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Join us for Sashiko with Wendy Arbeit.
Learn about sashiko, traditional Japanese stitching, its history and various techniques. In this class students will hand sew two counted-stitch patterns and one animal design, and explore ways to combine and create a wall hanging. Seams will be sewn at home to provide ample time for stitching in class.
Sashiko refers to the humble running stitch once sewn in multiple rows to repair clothing. The stitching has evolved over the years to represent traditional patterns and designs. Today it is used to decorate clothing and other functional items, and to embellish modern wall hangings. Examples will be shared in class.
There will be an additional $5 supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class which includes red, blue, and counted-thread fabrics, thread, needles, and wooden bar for wall hanging.
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Wendy Arbeit received an MA in Art from Columbia University. She started making crafts from an early age and continued after her degree by learning the traditional arts of beading, back-strap weaving, basket making, and twining from Iroquois, Mexican, and Pacific island people. She learned sashiko and temari from Japanese books at a time when none were available in English and kumihimo at a Japan-sponsored program.
She has written four traditional-craft related books, What Are Fronds For? a manual for plaiting coconut fronds; Baskets in Polynesia, a survey of central Polynesian baskets; Tapa in Tonga, an introduction to Tongan barkcloth; and finally the award-winning, Links to the Past: the Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans, a compendium of 1000 objects made within 50 years of Western contact.
Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui members receive a discounted class fee. If you are interested in becoming a member please click HERE.
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