Sashiko: Art of Japanese Mending

Sashiko: Art of Japanese Mending with Beth Johnson

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 and we will discuss mending on other fabrics like wool. Collect your stitches into a pattern book or complete a small project.

The capacity for this class is 12 students. Registration for this class will close on February 5th, 2023. This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School. There will be an optional Orientation and Closing Ceremony hosted from the Folk School campus that students can attend online.

Class Materials Needed

Your class registration fee includes a materials kit with a value of $20 shipped to your door.

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

Age Range


Skill Level

All levels

About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

For 96 years, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2012, Lessonface has connected more than 30,000 students with over 2,000 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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The class will meet for four weekly 120-min live online sessions on Thursdays at 4 pm ET | 1 pm PT | 21:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on March 16.
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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Sashiko: Art of Japanese 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, with the exception of the materials kit fees which are non-refundable.

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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. She completed yoga teacher training through Asheville Yoga Center in 2011.

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