Maire Curtis talks Japanese Embroidery

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Craft SanctuaryWe are getting really excited for our next Craft Sanctuary retreat at the end of October. Maire Curtis will be teaching traditional Sashiko, Kojin and Silk Embroidery skills in a truly accessible way.

Maire Curtis has written a guest post for us about the Craft Sanctuary and what she will be teaching while there.

Only a few weeks to go until the next exciting Craft Sanctuary event at the lovely Cranage Hall in Holmes Chapel.

These friendly, informal groups full of happy stitchers and creative energy are a great way to have some “me time”.

Many embroiderers and crafters are heard to say “ I do this because I find it therapeutic”. Well, it is now being proven to be the case that time spent stitching is excellent brain therapy, releasing lots of calming chemicals.

Japanese embroidery offers just that.  It’s not about getting from A to B in the fastest time, it is about immersing yourself in each stitch, colour and flowing line to make embroidery a calming, relaxing experience.

The Japanese Sakura fan project has been designed to give you a weekend of relaxed stitching and bring some new stitches to your repertoire which can be applied to a number of projects including needlepoint.

Perhaps you are quite familiar with these stitches already in which case you can enjoy sewing this elegant design with a group of like-minded people.

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Japanese embroidery is usually associated with complex designs stitched with incredibly fine silk but with just a little bit of know-how, we can achieve the same results using stranded threads readily available from any haberdashery supplier or craft store.

Some of the techniques such as Sashiko and Kogin do not require a hoop, so are simple and effective ways of creating a design on a larger area without too much effort or fancy equipment especially when stitched with the wonderful range of variegated threads that DMC offer.

Complete the weekends’ Oriental theme by creating Lucie Heatons’ cheerful cross stitch lanterns on day two.

Find out more by downloading the Craft Sanctuary brochure here. 

You can now purchase day tickets to just attend the workshops. Come and stitch during the day and head home in the evening. All materials, tea, coffee and lunch are provided. Book your ticket here.

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About Nadine

Nadine dabbles in a wide range crafts. If it's pretty and she wants to make it, she'll learn the technique to do so. She is also never without a cup of tea in her hands.