Introduction to Kogin Sashiko embroidery with Rob Jones

Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Ref: S1D11805

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About this course

Learn the ancient craft of Kogin counted thread sashiko. Using Japanese openweave fabric and kogin embroidery threads, make a sampler of Modoko patterns. Learn how to stitch small continuous patterns and to arrange motifs to make a larger pattern as well as design your own.

Course Description

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

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials including: Kogin evenweave fabric, Kogin threads in a variety of colours and a Kogin needle.

What students need to bring

  • Small pair of sharp scissors
  • Needle threader (optional)
  • Graph paper (small square grid)
  • Weaving patterns/inspiration for stitching.
  • Glasses for close work if you wear them.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Additional Kogin evenweave fabric and threads in a variety of colours, if required.

Tutors

Rob Jones

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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