Sashiko Masterclass with Kate Ward Monday, April 19

Sashiko Masterclass

with Kate Ward
Monday, April 19
10:00am – 5:00pm, with a half hour lunch break. Bring your own lunch.

Become a zen master with sashiko stitching. In this one day workshop you will learn how to draw and stitch circular moyozashi patterns.

You will learn:
– the secret to getting perfect stitches every time
– the best method to stitch the designs
– how to decipher any sashiko pattern and easily break it down into a number of easy steps
– which designs work best for mending versus embellishment

This workshop is perfect if you want to learn how to do it all yourself, without the need to buy expensive pre-printed fabrics, kits or stencils. After taking the course you will be able to draw patterns directly onto cloth without the need to pre-printed fabrics. You will have the knowledge to look at complex patterns and understand how to stitch them yourself. You can then apply this onto any surface, whether it is a pair of jeans, a garment, a wall hanging or even larger scale projects like a quilt. Some stitching knowledge experience would be beneficial to optimize this course, however, the process has been simplified for complete beginners to attend too.

We will cover:
1. Discuss the tools required to get started with Sashiko
2. Demonstration on how to stitch in the sashiko style.
3. Stitch sampler of ‘how to get elegant stitches every time’ learning the dos and don’ts ofsashiko
4. How to stitch 4 pattern designs: blue ocean wave, seven linked treasures, fishing nets, and grasses

Participants can bring:
– Scissors
– Ruler (with inches)
– Circle template (imperial measurements)

Cost: $100
Maximum number of participants: 8


Chester Art Centre
60 Queen Street
P.O. Box 654
Chester, Nova Scotia B0J 1J0
Tel: 902-275-5789


Kate Ward is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose research driven practice investigates the relationship between art, ritual spaces and cultural meaning. Kate is the recipient of numerous international scholarships, residencies and exchange programs. Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions and awards and she is represented in national and international collections in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and America.