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5(20+ reviews)
Slow stitching and slow living is a good way to relax yourself in this busy life with beautiful Japanese sashiko embroidery session.
10 Students
£25 pp
2 hour class
Beginner
Next available date:27th January 2021

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Yi Crafts

About this class

In this 2 hour session, you will stitch together with Yiran to explore the beauty of slow stitching - sashiko.

You will learn the cultural background and history of sashiko in Japan and the practice in modern society. Then you will have four different sashiko patterns to stitch and practice, which including three small pieces (that can make into coaster) and one tote bag.

You don't need to prepare any materials for yourself, all the materials for the workshop will post to your doorstep before the workshop starts. All you need is just a pair of scissors.

What you will learn
  • History of Sashiko and its roots in zero waste
  • Different types sashiko in Japan
  • Moyozashi and Hitomezashi Sashiko patterns
What you will need
  • A pair of scissors

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5(20+ reviews)
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Rachael - January 20th
A lovely stitching class to learn about the history of Sashiko and all the different styles and patterns that can be made. I also really enjoyed learning more about the Bai culture! The teacher was really friendly and made the instructions nice and simple so I could make good progress on the different samples that had been sent. I liked the opportunity to try different designs, even if I didn't finish them, as it gave me a good overall understanding of the stitching. I feel that the class was really accessible, especially because we had materials sent out to us so we were all working with the same items.
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Lucinda - January 17th
I took this class on Saturday 17th Jan. It was a great way to spend a January afternoon. Slow stitching is really meditative. Yiran is a great teacher, as the other reviews have said. She gives lots of information about the craft, really clear instructions, and you get stitching very quickly.
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Agata - January 16th
I was a little bit afraid that it was going to be dry or weird because it's online, but Yiran has been very good at making the atmosphere friendly and welcoming to anybody. I did some embroidery before, so I'm familiar with working with a needle, but still I felt like I learnt something during this workshop. Yiran was super cool about explaining some techniques 2-3 times during the workshop. She also patiently explained to us a more complicated pattern. I liked it more than learning from a youtube video or a book! I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone who would like to start their first DIY project and thinks sashiko techinque looks nice :) but also people who have some experience can attend this workshop, it's super chill :)
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Yi Crafts brings authentic experiences of cultural handcrafts and traditions to London, making them accessible to everyone. Crafts workshops offer the satisfaction of learning new skills, such as traditional stitching, and creating something with your own hands, whilst helping to preserve the fading knowledge of ancient crafts. These experiences are flexible and suitable for any environment; at locations across London, at home, the office, indoors or out! Founder Yiran Duan is a member of Bai ethnic minority in Southwestern China, grew up in a province hosts 23 of China’s 55 indigenous minority ethnic groups, creating an environment where intercultural…

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Rachael - January 20th
A lovely stitching class to learn about the history of Sashiko and all the different styles and patterns that can be made. I also really enjoyed learning more about the Bai culture! The teacher was really friendly and made the instructions nice and simple so I could make good progress on the different samples that had been sent. I liked the opportunity to try different designs, even if I didn't finish them, as it gave me a good overall understanding of the stitching. I feel that the class was really accessible, especially because we had materials sent out to us so we were all working with the same items.
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Lucinda - January 17th
I took this class on Saturday 17th Jan. It was a great way to spend a January afternoon. Slow stitching is really meditative. Yiran is a great teacher, as the other reviews have said. She gives lots of information about the craft, really clear instructions, and you get stitching very quickly.
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Agata - January 16th
I was a little bit afraid that it was going to be dry or weird because it's online, but Yiran has been very good at making the atmosphere friendly and welcoming to anybody. I did some embroidery before, so I'm familiar with working with a needle, but still I felt like I learnt something during this workshop. Yiran was super cool about explaining some techniques 2-3 times during the workshop. She also patiently explained to us a more complicated pattern. I liked it more than learning from a youtube video or a book! I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone who would like to start their first DIY project and thinks sashiko techinque looks nice :) but also people who have some experience can attend this workshop, it's super chill :)
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Alice Nicholl - January 16th
It was great to have the option to do this class over Zoom during lockdown. It was handled with the utmost professionalism and I feel I was still able to follow what was happening as we had a small group and Yiran was happy to repeat while others continued with stitching at their own pace. The best thing though was definitely Yiran’s upbeat and happy personality. Thank you!
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Alice Nicholl - January 16th
It was great to have the option to do this class over Zoom during lockdown. It was handled with the utmost professionalism and I feel I was still able to follow what was happening as we had a small group and Yiran was happy to repeat while others continued with stitching at their own pace. The best thing though was definitely Yiran’s upbeat and happy personality. Thank you!
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E - January 16th
I learnt a lot about the history of Sashiko and of each individual pattern also the techniques involved in Sashiko. Yiran is a lovely friendly patient teacher. The presentation shared was very informative and clear. When teaching the techniques of stitching, everything was visible and clear. (Camera and lighting) The package she sent before the workshop was very neatly packed and secure. I highly recommend Yiran's workshops.
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Matilda - January 16th
Loved this class - really informative about the history and method of sashiko embroidery and the stitching was pretty easy to pick up and very satisfying!
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Sarah Wea - January 15th
I loved this workshop. Yiran moved us confidently through the class giving lots of useful information at a good pace. Lots of new skills and top tips imparted. Great value for money and a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Very relaxing.
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Sarah Wea - January 15th
I loved this workshop. Yiran moved us confidently through the class giving lots of useful information at a good pace. Lots of new skills and top tips imparted. Great value for money and a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Very relaxing.
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Gem Dunkerton - January 9th
Thank you so much for your workshop this evening! You were so thorough with explaining and so kind and gentle. Thank you also for following me! 🥰 I cannot wait to start using Sashiko as my inspiration for my products that I would like to make for my small business & you'll have the pleasure of knowing you made it possible! Thank you 💕 So excited to add these patches to my dungarees I'm going to make! x
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Gem Dunkerton - January 9th
Thank you so much for your workshop this evening! You were so thorough with explaining and so kind and gentle. Thank you also for following me! 🥰 I cannot wait to start using Sashiko as my inspiration for my products that I would like to make for my small business & you'll have the pleasure of knowing you made it possible! Thank you 💕 So excited to add these patches to my dungarees I'm going to make! x
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Julie - January 3rd
This was such a fun course. The teacher is amazing and takes you through what you need to know for Sashiko. I am a quilter and so excited to start using this in my quilts. Give the class a try, you will have wonderful little pieces out of it.
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Brad - December 16th
Yiran is an incredibly warm and friendly instructor who made for a brilliant session. Having received the session as a gift, I wasn't quite sure exactly how it'd unfold, but I absolutely loved it. I had no prior experience in anything similar to sashiko, but it was easy to pick up and enjoy. Perhaps helped by the fact I was in a small session, having the workshop over Zoom went really well. Conversation was light and easy. All in all, a good time! I'd highly recommend this, both as a great activity for yourself at home and as a gift to others.
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Brad - December 16th
Yiran is an incredibly warm and friendly instructor who made for a brilliant session. Having received the session as a gift, I wasn't quite sure exactly how it'd unfold, but I absolutely loved it. I had no prior experience in anything similar to sashiko, but it was easy to pick up and enjoy. Perhaps helped by the fact I was in a small session, having the workshop over Zoom went really well. Conversation was light and easy. All in all, a good time! I'd highly recommend this, both as a great activity for yourself at home and as a gift to others.
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Kate - December 11th
Yiran was very friendly and welcoming with a lovely teaching style. The class had a logical progression, her explanations were clear and easy to follow and the kit she sent in advance was lovely to work with. We tried several different patterns which Yiran used to explain some key principles. She has a depth of knowledge and was able to answer all our questions with great tips and advice. As a result I feel confident with the sashiko basics now and ready to try a project. The class was enjoyable, relaxing and an excellent learning experience. I’ve done several online craft classes during lockdown and this one is my favourite so far!
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Kate - December 11th
Yiran was very friendly and welcoming with a lovely teaching style. The class had a logical progression, her explanations were clear and easy to follow and the kit she sent in advance was lovely to work with. We tried several different patterns which Yiran used to explain some key principles. She has a depth of knowledge and was able to answer all our questions with great tips and advice. As a result I feel confident with the sashiko basics now and ready to try a project. The class was enjoyable, relaxing and an excellent learning experience. I’ve done several online craft classes during lockdown and this one is my favourite so far!
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Angela - December 6th
What a brilliant, simple and lovely new craft to learn - and done so well online! A Japanese style of stitching, Sashiko which is a form of slow stitching. Who needs sewing machines when you can get back to hand sewn mending techniques! Yiran is a friendly and personable teacher, very patient with us and answered all my questions! I also enjoyed the historical overview at the start. I highly recommend, even if you do not do anything else with it, it's a very pleasant and relaxing 2 hours!
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Gaynor W - November 23rd
Really enjoyed this workshop there was no pressure to produce just a very pleasant informative experience
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Marina - November 13th
This was my first encounter with sashiko and embroidery in general, so I didn't expect to be able to make beautiful patterns but I was! Yiran's online class is very well set up, with a historical background introduction and overview of various patterns, followed by a close-up step-by-step view of the stitching process. I am already applying what I've learnt to mending and decorating my own clothes! Many thanks to a great teacher and a warm recommendation to anyone wanting to try it out.
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Sarah Goddard - November 12th
Incredible workshop!! Yiran was so friendly and welcoming. I have done sashiko a long time a go in my GCSE textile class but never knew the history behind the craft. Through this workshop I felt I was able to properly understand the meaning of sashiko and the beauty of the culture it comes from. I felt incredibly relaxed and meditative during the session. I would recommended Yiran's workshop to all my friends as I thought it was a beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning. I have booked my next one and cannot wait!
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Lily - November 12th
I loved the class. Such an interesting craft and the teacher was great. Generous supply of material provided and the results are lovely.
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Inés - November 11th
Yiran's class was really well explained and she was super friendly ! The materials that she provided were of great quality and great for anyone learning Sashiko as a beginner :)
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Ali - October 21st
I just completed a two hour zoom Sashiko workshop with Yiran. It was very informative, creative & interactive. I received clear concise instructions & had time to try some alternative stitching techniques which I’ll continue to use. A Thoroughly worthwhile morning! Thank you Yiran.
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Ali - October 21st
I just completed a two hour zoom Sashiko workshop with Yiran. It was very informative, creative & interactive. I received clear concise instructions & had time to try some alternative stitching techniques which I’ll continue to use. A Thoroughly worthwhile morning! Thank you Yiran.
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Monmck - October 14th
Yiran was warm, friendly and very knowledgeable and she explained things clearly. The workshop started with her sharing some slides on the history of Sashiko and then we went through four different samples and stitched together. It was relaxing and a great way to spend a creative couple of hours. Yiran is organised and professional and I would recommend her workshop.
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Sarah - September 27th
I learned the basics of sashiko. The teacher’s instructions were very clear and she was very friendly. The course took place via zoom and it was just myself and the teacher, which I wasn’t expecting, but it was great.
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Ammar - September 24th
Yiran was very welcoming and guided me with much patience as I was completely new to it all. She was very kind to post me the course materials in amazing packaging and she has a breath of knowledge and I can recommend this to anyone willing to learn more about east asian crafts.
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Barry - September 20th
This was brilliant. Interesting, accessible and fun. Yiran was an open and encouraging teacher and we came away inspired with the possibilities of doing more Sashiko stitching. Really good value. Highly recommended.
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Kathy - August 29th
This class is fantastic! Firstly the materials pack arrived quickly through the post and included everything you need. The teacher was very friendly and knowledgeable. They covered the history of the craft and different stitches in a simple way any beginner could follow and understand. There was plenty of time to practice each stitch in the class and ask any questions. I left the session with feeling very relaxed and inspired, with a new hobby!
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Elita Huang - August 17th
This workshop is very helpful and informative if you are interested in Sashiko embroidery. As a beginner, I've not only learned the skills as to how to do the stitching and draw the pattern, but also gone through a cultural journey which is very enjoyable and even flames up my passion to Sashiko much more than before. This workshop does open the door to Sashiko for me. Thank you so much : )
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Sue Henderson - August 14th
Spent a very worthwhile 2 hours with Yiran at her online Sashiko Stitching workshop which translated perfectly via Zoom. A very personable teacher, with passion for ethnic minority crafts, openly shares her experience and cultural knowledge. I learnt more than expected about the source of sashiko and the stories behind it. Practical sewing exercises on provided samples meant learning was effective and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.