Join me for an enjoyable and relaxing morning of slow- stitching with coffee and cake!

£5.00 from each ticket sale will be passed on to the WWF


If you are you are looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint... spend the morning learning how to repair, patch and decorate your loved and well-worn clothes with simple Japanese Sashiko stitching.

Sashiko is the traditional Japanese art of visible mending.  Instead of hiding rips, tears and marks of wear, this tradition celebrates the story and life of each piece of clothing with simple stitch patterns .

As more and more people are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, the environmental benefits of 'slow conscious fashion' and repairing clothes with Sashiko Stitching is becoming popular.

Oxfam have stated that it can take "an estimated 20,000 litres of water to manufacture just one pair of jeans and one t-shirt".  This would take one person more than 13 years to drink this amount of water! 

Come along and learn how to repair, patch and decorate your well-worn clothes instead of replacing them straight away.


What can I expect from this morning session?

You will have the opportunity to explore, sew and understand how to patch and decorate your clothes with a variety of Sashiko stitches and patterns. 

Will there be lots of inspiration to help me?

There will be lots of images and examples of Japanese Sashiko stitching... so you are sure to be inspired!  There will also be some fabric swatches/mending examples for you to examine.  These workshops are also a great opportunity to be inspired by what other people are working on around the table.

What do I need to bring?

This workshop will be concentrating on repairing denim clothes. 
You are welcome to bring along your denim jeans or any other garments for advice, help, and inspiration to get you started. 
If you don't have anything to repair right now, don't worry as there will be fabric swatches for you work on. 

Are there any materials available on the day?

We will be concentrating on denim repairs in this workshop.  A selection of denim fabric swatchessewing threads, sewing needles, and pins will be available to use at the workshop.  If you use a thimble do bring your own.

A variety of Sashiko decorative pattern templates will also be available for you to transfer onto your fabrics.

Do I need advanced sewing skills?
No. This session is for everybody to explore stitching and repairing.  If you are new to sewing you can easily achieve exciting Sashiko decorative mending with simple lines of running stitch. 

Can I book a private session for myself and my friends

If you would like a private Sashiko evening with friends, just get in touch to discuss dates/availability.  I offer a 10% discount for group bookings of 8 people or more. 

Where is the event held?

Blackberry Cottage Studio, Unit 25, Eynsham Park Estate, Cuckoo Lane, North Leigh, Oxfordshire, England OX29 6PW (just outside the historic textile town, Witney... a lovely place to visit)

My cosy cottage studio is set within the grounds of Eynsham Hall in a creative and inspiring community of fine artists, designers and crafts people. We love it here..... and we hope you do too!

The studio is a working design studio for most of the week, but I open it up for some workshops and get-togethers throughout the month as I love to teach too!

Is there parking at the event?

There is a customer car park just outside the studio so parking is easy and convenient.

Is there disabled access?

Both the studio and toilet facilities are on the ground floor. There is room for wheelchair access within the studio.  Do contact me to check that access will be ok for you before you book your place.

What about refreshments?

Tea and coffee and home-made cake are included and available during the the morning.

Can I cancel my ticket?

Yes you can cancel your ticket up to 7 days before the workshop to allow time for another person to take your place. 
If you find you can't make it it to the meet-up between 1 and 6 days before the workshop, we are happy for you to transfer your ticket to a friend.

If you have any further questions, do get in touch as we are always happy to help.

I can't get to your workshop but would love to do this

If you can't come along to my workshops there is lots of inspiration out there and some great 'How-To' books.
Get your friends together and have fun repairing your jeans. It's a great way to spend a few hours on many levels. 
Send your photos to me as I would love to see them, share them and inspire others!

Where can I find more images of visible decorative mending?

Take a look at my Pinterest board to see more images of this exciting, popular but most importantly sustainable slow fashion movement