(116) Sashiko Ori

Many of the distinctive stitched sashiko patterns of Japan can be woven on a floor loom using a supplementary warp and weft. These and related structures have been woven all over the world from the ancient Andes to Europe and Japan, where it is known as Sashiko Ori.

With warps supplied by the instructor, students will learn to design patterns using a free online design program, determine sett, and weave. A demonstration of warping with multiple threads will be part of the workshop. Additional stitching can be added after weaving to add diagonal lines. Students should have enough warp to experiment with the patterns and weave a small project after the workshop at home.


Beth Ross Johnson

Experience Level:

All Levels

Maximum Class Size:


Materials fee:

$45 covers pre-wound warps for student, weft yarns, booklet with weaving drafts.

Equipment required

8-shaft Loom

Student Supplies:

  • 8-shaft floor loom (only six shafts needed for patterns).
  • 8-dent reed, threading hooks.
  • At least two shuttles with bobbins, scissors, and other usual weaving tools.
  • Bobbin winder (we can share).
  • 1 inch raddle if you have one (we can share)
  • Lease sticks and corrugated paper for beaming on.
  • Graph paper, colored pencils.
  • Smartphone, tablet, or laptop for access to design program helpful but not necessary,