Kogin Embroidery Workshop with Rob Jones



Kogin embroidery is a type of Sashiko, originating in the Northern part of Japan, in Aomori prefecture. It is a type of counted thread work 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 typically over an uneven number of threads 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 on 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

Rob will bring examples of their work as well as a number of reference books for inspiration so you can continue your practice at home.

About your teacher: 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. 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.

Skills needed: Suitable for complete beginners.

Materials: All materials are included.

Class size: 6

Length: 3 hours

Location: The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square NW6 2BR

Please note that there are no refunds for class bookings. For more information about our classes, refer to our Class Policies or contact us at info@thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk.