Sashiko (translated to ‘little stabs’) is the term used to describe the beautiful, and historically functional Japanese embroidery, using white cotton thread on indigo fabric.  Generating patterns from both nature and folklore, Sashiko has emerged from a mending or ‘reinforcement of garment’ ability once taught to Japanese girls as a way to determine their suitability for marriage, into a decorative and meditative stitching technique enjoyed by crafting and textile enthusiasts the world over.  

Enter Leanne from Kimono House.  Leanne is long time Japanophile, having lived and worked in Japan and spending up to 2 months a year in a place she describes as a land of "extreme contrasts.  The interesting mix of the new with the very traditional is her inspiration for textile creations combining new and vintage fabric with traditional and contemporary design”.   We are eager and delighted to welcome Leanne into The Windsor Workshop family, as she spreads her vast knowledge of Sashiko….

Important Info

The Windsor Workshop is located on level 1 of 115 Chapel Street, Windsor.  Windsor train station is a 4 minute walk, or jump off at Duke Street stop on Tram 78.  All day parking is available behind Paint Spot, Windsor (opposite the station) for around $7/day.

Our workshops are suitable for persons 16 years or older.

You may be photographed at this event.

Terms and Conditions/ Cancellations

The Windsor Workshop reserves the right to cancel any scheduled workshop.  The reasons this may occur are (a) if a workshop does not reach the minimum number of students or (b) an Artist or Workshop Facilitator falls ill.  In the unfortunate circumstance of a workshop being cancelled, students will be notified at least 2 days before the commencement of the workshop and a credit note will be issued to be used at a later date.  Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds if the class is cancelled. 

If you are unable to attend your workshop, please let us know within four days of your workshop and we will give you a credit note to be used at a later date, or transfers are available upon request. No credit notes will be issued for cancellations when less than four working days' notice is given.

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Class Schedule

Saturday 5th August, 1pm – 5 pm

What you will learn
  • The history of Sashiko
  • The basic stitching techniques using Japanese materials and equipment
  • Introduction into transferring of patterns onto cloth and introduction into different tools used for Sashiko
What you will get
  • Students will receive a material kit and equipment to use on the day
  • Information booklet to reference at home post workshop including a full list of suppliers for materials and tools
  • You will also enjoy a gourmet lunch
  • – and did I mention wine? Yep – wine too…

What to bring
  • Please bring bucket loads of enthusiasm - you will be unleashing your unfounded creativity.
What to wear

Something Japanese would be very welcomed. Your finest kimono?

Appropriate for

This class is for all skill levels


The Windsor Workshop

Vendor since 2015

We are a creative hub for the arts / crafts / design movement providing workshops and events to inspire.

We seek out and promote local Melbourne based Artists.

We unleash the unexplored creativity in people.

We provide a social gathering for people to slow down and team up.

We create a sensory experience that will get people talking.

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20 September 2017 • Sashiko Stitching - Leanne from Kimono House

Had so much fun learning the ins and outs of sashiko from Leanne of Kimono house. We learnt the history of the technique, practised it and were given patterns to test out at home. Plus a yummy Japanese themed snack! A wonderful afternoon.


15 August 2017 • Sashiko Stitching - Leanne from Kimono House

I learnt about how sashiko became part of Japanese culture. We learnt traditional techniques and about the equipment and materials used.