Members-Only Night – June

Join us on Thursday, June 6, 2024, for our next Members-Only Night at the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center. For this month’s program, we are hosting a Sashiko workshop for members and guests to learn first-hand about this centuries-old textile mending practice and the sturdy, decorative needlework that is a familiar visual hallmark of the technique.

Our guest instructor for this workshop is Philadelphia-based craftsman and designer Josh Markcole. Tamiko Laincz, a longtime friend of Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will also provide a historical introduction to Sashiko.

Thursday, June 6, 2024
5:00–7:00 pm
Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center
West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
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FREE for JASGP Members | Discounted admission for guests with registration

To participate in this month’s workshop, please bring a beloved item of clothing or similar textile you are interested in mending. Participants will leave the workshop with new skills and a Sashiko kit to continue their fabric-mending journey!

Examples of decorative Sashiko stitching patterns on navy blue fabric

Examples of Sashiko stitching patterns.

Sashiko (刺し子)

Sashiko (刺し子), which translates literally as “little stabs,” is a Japanese fabric mending technique dating back to the Edo period that utilizes hand needlework and frequently decorative stitching to repair and strengthen clothing and other household textiles.

Members-Only Nights

Members-Only Nights are scheduled during the first week of each month at the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, May through October, and provide an opportunity for Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia members to enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the house and gardens at Shofuso.

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