Niwaki HQ Workshops: Fermentation • Wednesday 3 May 2023
Visible mending that transforms damaged fabrics
Sashiko with Michelle Urval-Ashraf and Ieva Hofmane from Untied
Sashiko is a Japanese form of textile repair. The word literally translates as ‘little stabs’, which describes the action of sewing, typically using white cotton thread on indigo fabric, and the technique has been practised in Japan for thousands of years.
Rather than try to disguise the worn area, Sashiko makes a feature of the repair, adding texture, pattern and design to transform and elevate the garment, while also extending its useful life.
In the workshop you will learn hand stitching techniques that offer a variety of creative possibilities for repairing and embellishing clothes and textiles. Tools, scissors, samples for practising and a range of threads and wools will be provided.
Join Michelle, Ieva and the team at Niwaki Chiltern Street to learn a useful new skill which can be applied to a whole range of home craft projects.
Michelle Urvall-Ashraf and Ieva Hofmane started Untied workshops with a shared dream of a slower pace in the fashion industry. The practice of mending helps us reestablish an emotional connection with clothes and Untied considers it as a way to protest against the throwaway habits of fast fashion.