Create with Gratitude

Unwritten Stitch shares traditional textile techniques to preserve their cultural heritage, and encourages visible mending by hand to promote its environmental and healthy benefits.

Images: Crafts Council Nederland and Fan Liao

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8 June 2024 | Sashiko for mending with Crafts Council Nederland and State of Fashion

Mending is a wonderful way to practice hand-stitching and sustainability by extending the life of our clothes. It’s also a great opportunity to slow down, meditate and bind with our beloved clothes. In this one-day class, you will learn how to best use various hand embroidery techniques to mend your beloved pair of jeans in a creative way, to let it become your artistic expression.

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30 June 2024 | Sashiko design and stitching with De Katoendrukkerij in Amersfoort

In this 3.5-hour session, you will learn the basics of Sashiko stitching, and how to apply traditional Sashiko and freestyle Sashiko designs on your textille projects.

You will learn how to draw and stitch freestyle Sashiko, and traditional Sashiko pattern Shippo Tsunagi (linked seven treasures). The workshop is beginner friendly, so you don’t need any hand stitching or embroidery experience to join. At the end of the workshop, you will gain the fundamental skills to create Sashiko designs as your artistic expression.

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10 November 2024 | Visible mending with De Katoendrukkerij in Amersfoort

In this 3.5-hour session, you will stitch together with Selina to explore the beauty of Japanese embroidery technique Sashiko and its application on denim mending. You’ll be working with your hands and simple tools. The class is beginner friendly, so you don’t need any hand stitching or embroidery experience to join.

At the end of the class, you will gain the fundamental skills to mend your beloved pair of jeans to make it last longer and let it become your artistic expression.

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26 November 2023 | Mending with Sashiko technique with garment in Amsterdam

Have you ever thought about learning how to create this persimmon flower stitch from scratch for mending? Join Selina's in-person workshop in Amsterdam, at Natasja’s beautiful store with carefully curated pre-loved clothing. 

Selina can’t wait to share her passion and techniques for visible mending with you! You’ll also have the opportunity to hear about her design process behind the scenes, and take a close look at a selection of her visible mending works over the years.

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21 September 2023 | Miao Jiaoxiu Embroidery with Tatter | World Embroidery Series II

The Miao, an ethnic minority group living in deep mountains of the most remote areas in Southwest China, who have no written language, have been using their textile patterns to record cultural information and history for over two thousand years. With more than 100 clans, each Miao clan has their own costume code so that they can
be identified easily. Such cultural code is handed down from generation to generation among Miao women, who make works of art inspired by traditional Miao songs and legends.

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27 August 2023 | Sashiko with Crafts Council Nederland and Wereldmuseum

Sashiko means ‘little stab’. Although born out of necessity to improve the strength and thermal quality of textiles in the rural north of Japan, Sashiko creates stunning visual effect by combining intricate designs with country style, with only running stitch. Stitched by hand with care and wishes for protection and prosperity, Sashiko stitching reveals the personality of its maker.

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11 & 18 June 2023 | Ainu Embroidery with Kaparamip and Ruunpe techniques with Crafts Council Nederland

It’s believed in Ainu culture that textiles have souls and power to ward off evil spirits. An Ainu woman put her heart and soul into each stitch of her embroidery, because a garment made without passion would not have a soul.

In this two-day class, Selina will walk you through a brief history of the Ainu, share images of traditional Ainu textiles, and look into Ainu material culture.

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