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Kogin Embroidery – small bag

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Kogin embroidery originated in the north of Japan’s main island in the Aomori prefecture. Due to its rugged geography, bitter winters and impassable roads, this area was isolated for a long time from much of Japan’s mainstream culture. It began to open up after a rail line was built in the 1920s.  

As the local inhabitants were very poor, they were forbidden from wearing clothing made of silk, wool or cotton. The had to wear clothing made from the fibres of plants they grew, the most common being hemp. To make this fabric warmer, the women developed the Kogin patterns – a form of needle weaving traditionally worked with a mercerised cotton on hemp fabric. Clothing was expected to last for four generations and thus had to be patched. Over time, the women developed complicated patterns to ensure this. Today we know this kind of stitching as Sashiko.

This project uses designs from the Nabu region of Japan, situated along the north-east coast of the main island. It differs from the most common form of Kogin, practised in the central region, in the count of threads used. The most common form uses an odd count, producing the distinctive diamond shape.  Hishishashi uses an even count, resulting in a more elongated diamond. There are over 700 different patterns.

This class is suitable for beginners through to intermediate embroiderers.

Carolyn Foley

$60 (member); $80 (non-member)

$35 (to be paid on the day of class). Contains all requirements. Traditionally, Japanese bags do not have wadding between the main and lining fabric. If you want to include this, please bring your own wadding.

Class enquiries
Contact the Class Registrar 0427 726 836 or 3252 8629 or classes@embroiderersguildqld.org.au

Class registrations
A class registration form must be submitted at least 1 week before the class date.
Class registration forms are available here: Class registration forms


Saturday, September 2, 2017
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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