Japanese Clothing Charms and Garment Embellishments

About Japanese Clothing Charms and Garment Embellishments

Semamori are delightful charms that traditionally appear on the backs of children's garments to protect them from harm. These take the form of stitched embellishments as well as small dolls and toggle-like hangy-down thingamabobs. In recent times, these have been adapted to decorate all manner of garments and items used in everyday life.

This program will be divided equally between lecture and how-to instructions. Participants should plan on sitting back with a beverage of choice and follow along as John presents this whirlwind of information. Questions and interaction will be welcomed. Afterwards, at your own leisure, you'll be able to follow the class recording to fabricate your own delightful creations.

This class is limited to 50 students.

Class Materials Needed

Materials are optional and will be covered in greater depth during the class session. The basics are: needle, thread, scissors, and beautiful scraps of fabric. For those interested, a packet of beautiful Japan fabric pieces and do-dahs will be available for purchase. Information will be emailed out to all those enrolled.


None required

Age Range

Teens and Adults

Skill Level


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Single 3-hour session on Sunday, July 9, at 2 pm ET | 11 am PT | 18:00 UTC.

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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recording of the class.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Japanese Clothing Charms and Garment Embellishments
John Marshall

How It Works

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John Marshall

John Marshall

I have been immersed in Japanese culture for the past sixty years, sharing my love of Japanese textiles through teaching and exhibiting internationally. Trained in Japan as a teenager, John Marshall has specialized in katazome and natural dyes while researching and collecting traditional Japanese textiles. Exhibitions of his work have been sponsored by the U.S.

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

The MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) represents and supports a community of fiber arts guilds in the greater Mid-Atlantic region.

About Lessonface, PBC

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