Japanese Sashiko Workshop

Japanese Sashiko Workshop

Mending Workshop

Next Available: Sat, 06 Apr 10:30AM (AEDT)
2 hours
Over 10 people have attended this class


Got a hole in one of your beloved pieces of clothing and can't bear to throw them away? Then we have the perfect course for you! Come along to a relaxing and fun workshop and learn how to give your clothes a second life with talented Japanese sewer, Maoko Carroll.

Come and join Maoko Carroll, who will be running this gentle and informative visible mending sewing workshop at Space2b. 

Sashiko is a traditional Japanese embroidery style which dates back to the Edo period (1615 – 1868). There are five main types of Sashiko, which follow geometric patterns. 

Enjoy the quiet moment of having nothing in mind, but to simply stitch and find the result of a beautiful pattern.

Bring along a much loved piece of clothing in need of repair and Maoko will show you how to carefully and beautifully mend them, using Sashiko (A traditional Japanese, sustainable sewing technique). 

Take some time for yourself to share stories, learn to sew, feel connected with the community and embrace the flaws!

Please note: Sewing equipment such as needle, thread and fabrics will be supplied, included in our own personalised sewing kit.

A message from Maoko..

"When you give care to the act of mending, in return you receive healing. When your hands get busy, your mind becomes quiet. 

That quiet space will be filled with the memories from the times that you have spent with your clothes. When were they were last worn? Who was with you at that time? Who did those clothes touch?  As you mend your old clothes the memories will evolve and allow healing to take place".

As a previous workshop participant said:

"Maoko is a calm, kind & skilful mentor . Space2b in East St Kilda is a perfect venue. The time together in a small group is a lovely & a creative break from outside responsibilities ".

Space2b is an art and design social enterprise supporting newly arrived migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum.  All income supports our training support programs.


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What you will learn

  • Learn the art of Japanese mending and stitching
  • Learn repair techniques

What you will get

  • Embrace the flaws of your clothing
  • See true beauty through stitch, repurposing and reusing
  • Take home your mended piece of clothing along with a persoanlised sewing kit

What to bring

  • A project you would like to mend i.e. a garment in need of repair, a pair of jeans etc

What to wear

Casual clothing

Appropriate for

All sewing abilities welcome

Space2b Social Design

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Space2b Social Design is a non-profit social enterprise supporting newly arrived migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum to become financially independent.  We do this by connecting people; assisting in their creative enterprise; facilitating workplace training and business mentoring; we support our participants to thrive. 

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Your Teacher

Melbourne based Maoko Carroll is a Japanese maker and specialises in the art of visible mending. 

Born in Yokohama, Japan, she grew up learning and watching her mother and grandmother to sew and mend, using traditional Japanese hand sewing techniques.

"I find the creation of beautiful things an essential outlet in life. Anything handmade is blessed with a little magic and brings happiness. I encourage participants to show off their mends and to embrace the flaws" ~ Maoko Carroll

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5.0 (5 reviews)
Yi danrated it
25 Feb 2024Japanese Sashiko Workshop
Maoko is such a lovely teacher and super encouraging. As someone who doesn't usually sew, I felt really inspired by the class (and enjoyed talking to the other women and hearing the stories of what they had brought to mend). I would definitely recommend it!
Tamarrated it
24 Feb 2024Japanese Sashiko Workshop
Maoko created a beautiful calm and friendly environment to learn sashiko in - sharing history and knowledge . I left feeling inspired. Thankyou
Kerrierated it
24 Feb 2024Japanese Sashiko Workshop
Absolutely delightful morning learning about the background and beauty in Sashiko mending and trying my hand at mending a much loved jumper! Maoko is patient and encouraging teacher with a great sense of fun. Wonderful to be amongst like minded people. My chai from Flavours of Syria arrived with petals on top! The staff from Space2b Social Design were so welcoming, I didn't want to leave!!
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$5.00 applies.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

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