Sashiko: Japanese Art of Mending

About Sashiko: Japanese Art of Mending

Sashiko is a Japanese technique that combines embroidery, patchwork mending, and quilting. Explore the history, rooted in Buddhist textiles, and the folk traditions of northern Japan. Learn the basics of two types of sashiko and boro. Sampling exercises will be introduced during class, with some time for stitching. More work can be completed outside of designated class time. Collect your stitches into a pattern book or complete a small project.
Class registration will end on March 3rd, 2021.

This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School & is limited to 24 students. There will be an optional Orientation and Closing Ceremony hosted from the Folk School campus that students can attend online. Class enrollment may be canceled for a full refund up to five days before the class start date, with the exception of the non-refundable materials kit fee.

Class Materials Needed

Sewing supplies: scissors, needle threader, thimble, light colored fabric marker, pen, pencil or chalk. Design tools: graph paper, tracing paper, pencil. ruler, geometry tools. Materials: linen or cotton scraps, cotton should be shirt weight or chambray. Sheeting is too dense to work with. Jeans, shirts or other articles of clothing may be mended during the class. Worn fabrics are good. Check your thrift stores. Recommended book (but not required): The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook by Susan Briscoe. There will be a materials kit mailed to students, it is a $15 cost, which is included in the class price.

Age Range


Skill Level

All levels welcome.



The class will meet for five days on the dates below. Each day starts with a 90-minute live demonstration session at 10 am ET | 7 am PT | 15:00 UTC and meets again for a 30-min check in at 4 pm ET | 1 pm PT | 21:00 UTC. The first session is on March 15.
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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

10:00 AM - 6:30 PM EDT
Sashiko: Japanese Art of Mending
Beth Johnson

How It Works

Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. Class enrollments may be cancelled for full refund up to five days before the class start date.

Book 1:1 online lessons with Beth Johnson on their Lessonface profile.

Beth Johnson

Beth Johnson

Beth began weaving in 1970. She is a student of Norman Kennedy, has had two extensive stays in Japan to study folk textiles, and holds an MFA in textiles from Georgia State University. A Folk School instructor since 1983, Beth currently lives in western North Carolina, where she weaves and teaches.

About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

For 95 years, the Folk School has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2013, Lessonface has connected more than 10,000 students with over 1800 great teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably.

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