Classes & Lectures

I offer classes at beginner and intermediate levels and all supplies are included. Just bring scissors! Lectures are custom tailored to work with your guild and are fun as well as educational.


  • Basic Sashiko – Learn the fundamentals of sashiko starting with how to use the palm thimble. This will enable you to sew for a longer period without hurting your hands, fingers, and tendons! We’ll be using all Japanese materials including vintage yukata fabrics, Hida sashiko thread, Tulip needles, and of course palm thimbles (leather or metal). 3 hours – $50
  • Silk Sashiko – Already have some sashiko experience and looking to try something new? Play with vintage kimono silks including tsumugi or chirimen, and silk thread hand dyed in Kyoto, to make a gorgeous project. 3 hours – $70

These classes are offered periodically throughout the year in Alameda and through various quilt guilds.

Guild Lectures

Presentation to fit your guild meeting timeframe (typically 1 hour) with hands-on display of 19th and 20th century Japanese textiles including indigo, shibori, katazome, kimono, and sashiko pieces. Discussion of history, techniques, design meanings, and insight into how politics, economics, and environment have shaped how/when/where/for whom these textiles were produced. Q & A session at end of lecture includes a handout with explanation of Japanese textile terms. Trunk show at end of lecture (or end of guild meeting). $400 + travel expenses.

Contact me for more information and a contract to review. My availability is limited as I book several shows a year. If I’m in your area during a show, I’d be happy to visit your guild! This can help cut down on travel costs for both of us. Take a look at my event schedule in the sidebar to see if I have a show in your town this year, then contact me to see if we can make it work.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Shirley Buckmaster says:

    I have signed up to take your Silk Sashiko class in Houston. I see on your website it appears to be more than an intro class. I have had no experience with Sashiko (like the Basic Sashiko description) will this be a problem? I do cross stitch and embroidery.

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