Learn the ancient craft of Kogin counted thread sashiko, originating in the Northern part of Japan’s main island, Honshu. Using Japanese open weave fabric and a selection of colourful kogin embroidery threads, you will make a sampler covering a selection of the 40 or so basic patterns (known as Modoko). Learn how to stitch small continuous patterns and how to arrange motifs to make a larger pattern as well as design your own.
• How to make the basic stitches, typically one, three or five in length
• How to start and end your work, leaving a neat finish on the back of your work
• How to stitch a selection of the 40 or so basic patterns that make up the language of Kogin (known as Modoko)
• Stitching small continuous patterns
• Adding motifs together to make a larger arrangement
• How to stitch Nanbu Hishizashi motifs (a close cousin of Kogin typically 2, 4, 6 or 8 in length)
• Translating weaving and other designs into Kogin patterns
• How to design your own Kogin pattern
Examples of work made using Kogin will be provided by the tutor for inspiration. The tutor will also explain about the history of Kogin sashiko in Japan.
Students will need basic sewing skills to do the class.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Rob Jones is a textile artist, who takes his inspiration from Japanese Textiles traditions including Shibori, Katagami stencilling and Sashiko embroidery and Boro. He began his study in 2011 at West Dean on short courses and then undertook an intensive course with Bryan Whitehead in Japan in the autumn of 2014. Rob has been a full time textiles designer and teacher since September 2015.
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