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Sun 25th Oct: Kogin Embroidery Workshop

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  • Sunday 15th Mar: 10:30am - 1:30pm

    Kogin embroidery is a type of Sashiko, originating in the Northern part of Japan, and is a type of counted thread work. It is stitched on an open weave fabric traditionally with white stitches against a dark background (meant to resemble snow on the ground).

    It works beautifully in colour too! It is stitched from side to side with stitch sizes of one, three or five in length to make up geometric, symmetrical patterns.


    The name “Kogin” derives from the Japanese word “koginu”, “ko” being “small” and ginu meaning “wear”, the name of a long Japanese jacket, which was often decorated with this technique.

    In this class you will learn:

    • How to form the three basic length stitches and count threads
    • Where to start and how to neatly tidy your starting and ending threads o the back of your piece
    • The rights and wrongs turning corners, crossing lines and intersections
    • Starting with a number of small patterns to get used to the stitching you will then work on a larger, more involved pattern using a template provided
    • Information will be provided about how to make your own designs

    Class works well alongside the Sashiko embroidery workshop.

    The tutor will bring examples of their work as well as a number of reference books should anyone wish to continue their practice at home.

    Project: Square of even weave fabric, simple patterns and one larger project

    Participants will get one piece of open weave fabric, zig zag hemmed to prevent fraying, a Kogin needle and thread to complete their project and a copy of their selected pattern in order to finish their work at home.

  • Class Duration:
    3 hours, starting 10:30am sharp. Please arrive promptly.

    Skill Level & Prep Work:
    No previous experience is necessary.

    Class Materials:
    Material, needles and thread provided. All sourced in Japan.  Please bring your own water bottle/drink, pen for note taking.

    Other:
    We are sorry but we cannot offer refunds on classes if you are unable to attend for whatever reason, unless we are able to refill your spot.

    Classes take place on the first floor, up the spiral staircase.
    COVID19:
    Class numbers are limited to 6. You will be required to wear a mask/visor during the class, unless government advice changes in this regard.
    Rob will wear a visor throughout, and will also wear a mask if requested.
    Surfaces will be cleaned before and after the class.
    If weather allows, a door and/or window will be kept open for extra ventilation.
    Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
  • About Rob Jones:

    London-based Romor Designs was formed in the Autumn of 2015 by Rob Jones, a shibori textiles designer and natural dyer.

    Having discovered Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, at West Dean college, Rob went on to study in Japan under indigo guru, Bryan Whitehead.

    In 2018, Rob returned to Japan to expand his Japanese textiles skills, visiting Ise, the home of Katagami stencilling and buying supplies to set up his own teaching practice back in the UK.

    Rob’s passion is in finding the new in the old, building on the tradition and centuries of skill that shibori has behind it. He believes in taking work in new directions by combining techniques and inventing his own forms.

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