Sashiko Stitching with Wendy Arbeit

  • 11 Jun 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Downtown Art Center, Orange Room, 1041 Nuuanu Ave., Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96817
  • 0


Registration is closed

Register Online Now through June 9, 2023.

Join us for Sashiko Stitching with Wendy Arbeit.

Sashiko is a distinctive Japanese embroidery style that uses the running stitch alone to form geometric patterns and stylized images. In last year’s sashiko class we explored a technique that creates geometric designs that are sewn on counted thread cloth. In this class you’ll find out about the geometric patterns that can be sewn onto plain cloth and you’ll sew one with a marine or floral motif that you’ll take home adorning a new tote bag.

We’ll email you the patterns for three scenes. You’ll select your favorite and print it out, saving the others for working on your own. In class you’ll stitch the pattern you selected, then sew it onto a tote bag. We provide in the color of your choice.

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 $10 supply fee paid to the instructor on the first day of class which includes red fabric, white sashiko thread, needle, and pages of photos of sashiko ideas, patterns, and background information.

What to bring:

  • $10 Supply fee
  • Scissors

Instructor Bio

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.

This class is open to adults, and minors ages 12-17 when accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you are interested in taking the class with your child, please register online and add your child as a guest. Those registering for a Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui class may add one guest based on availability.

We require a minimum of three participants for each class. A full refund will be issued to those registered, if class is cancelled by Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui. Refunds for class registration cancellation by participant will be issued in full only if the cancellation is made more than 14 days before the class begins.

MAP Downtown Art Center Parking in building, Chinatown Gateway Garage, enter on Bethel Street. Weekday rate: $3.00 for two hours, $1.50 for additional 30 minutes. Weekend rate: $.50 for 30 minutes, maximum fee of $3.00.  All Day weekday pass: park your car before 10 am, take your ticket back up to the person in the kiosk and request the $10 all day pass.  All transactions in cash. 

MAP to HHH Classroom

For more information contact:


HHH COVID POLICY: Please note that individual instructors may require students to wear masks.


Copyright 2021 - Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui - All Rights Reserved



Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island

Mailing Address:

Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui, 95-390 Kuahelani Ave., #3AC-1055, Mililani, HI 96789-1190

Street Address:  MAP

Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui, 1041 Nuuanu Ave, Second Floor, Downtown Art Center, Honolulu, HI 96817




Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui is a founding member of the Downtown Art Center.

Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software