About Japanese Sashiko Stitched Rice Bag

Join us for a lovely relaxing day designing and making a Japanese Rice Bag.

What will you learn on this course?

Traditionally a Komebukuro (rice bag) was made from scraps of striped indigo cotton and hand-stitched into a drawstring bag used in Japanese culture to carry rice as offerings to temples and shrines.

We will start with a brief overview of the history and ideas behind the art of Wabi Sabi, the Japanese philosophy for a perfectly imperfect life. We will embrace the world of slow stitching with Boro, the technique of mending using rags and patches, and Sashiko, using templates to define a bamboo leaf or lotus flower. Combining these techniques of layering and stitch, we will produce a selection of beautiful surface decorated fabrics and handmade cords to design and make a unique rice bag.

You will be learning methods and techniques from demonstrations supported by handouts.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. Students can be accompanied by a Carer or Support worker; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

This course involves working at low tables and good dexterity is needed in your hands.

Do you need to bring anything?

Cotton fabric, traditional Sashiko threads and sewing needles, are all supplied. However, you may wish to bring your own small scraps of cloth to give your pieces more personal meaning.

Are there any additional costs?


Who teaches this course?

Helen Lane

Dates and times

  • May