Sashiko Stitching with Wendy Arbeit

  • 20 May 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Downtown Art Center, Orange Room, 1041 Nuuanu Ave., Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96817
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Register Online Now through May 13 2024.

Join us for Sashiko Stitching with Wendy Arbeit.

Sashiko Stitching, left side mouse, right side bunny, white stitching on blue backgroundSashiko, a Japanese embroidery style that uses just the running stitch, takes many forms. Last year we made a wall hanging in one class and a large decorative patch to adorn a tote bag in another. This year we’ll be making coaster-sized patches from a selection of traditional Japanese animal and flower designs different from last year’s class while employing special transfer and stitchery techniques important for a successful classical outcome.

Once they’re sewn you can transform one patch into a coaster in class and frame another in a perfectly sized frame from Daizo in a selection of metal tones.

Sashiko refers to the humble running stitch once sewn in repeating 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 at the beginning of the class which includes the coaster fabric, sashiko thread, needles, needle threader, patterns, marking pencils, one frame, and handouts.

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, Enter the Chinatown Gateway Garage from Bethel Street. Weekday rate: $3.00 for two hours, $1.50 for each additional 30 minutes. All-day weekday pass: $10.00 (park in the garage between 6:30 and 8:30 AM, and exit by 6 PM). Weekend rate: $.50 for 30 minutes, with a maximum fee of $3.00. All transactions by credit card. 

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