Join us on the second Monday of every month at 7:30pm Central time on our Twitch Channel for Japanese Arts, Cosplay, Accessory making & Other Tutorials. Have an idea for the show? Want to offer your tutorial? Email with your request.


2020 Schedule

Orizomegami (Japanese paper dyeing) November 17

Supply List:

  • Thin paper (rice paper works best, such as the DAISO calligraphy paper, but copy paper, origami paper or even paper towels can work)
    * liquid dye/colorant (such as food coloring, easter egg dye mixed with water, india ink, RIT dye, acrylic ink, or watercolor tubes)
    * paper towels
    * large cup/glass/muffin tin for putting dye into (remember that if you use non-food safe dye you cannot use that item for eating again!)
    *plastic to protect your work surface
    * gloves to protect hands
    * ruler to help with folds
    * bone folder
    * protractor or angle-marked ruler or mat
    * iron
    * water-safe ironing surface

Introduction to Boro October 12
(Japanese mending with Sashiko stitching)

Supply List:

  • You may not want to make along with this presentation, as the topics are more about design principles. However, for the projects discussed, you may wish to have either set of supplies. Fabric collage: A larger base piece of fabric, ideally solid or very subtle pattern, assorted other fabrics that go well with the base piece, pins or washable glue stick, embroidery floss, needle, scissors. Mending project: Item that needs mending, fabric to use as a patch, pins (optional), embroidery floss, needle, scissors. Optional: Fray check.

Sashiko (intro to) September 14th

Supply List:

  • Stitching practice piece: solid color woven fabric,
  • Contrasting embroidery floss,
  • Hand embroidery needle,
  • Scissors or thread cutter.
  • Design practice piece: white or light solid colored fabric,
  • Washable marker that shows up on the fabric,
  • Contrasting embroidery floss,
  • Ruler,
  • scissors or thread cutter.
  • Pieces of fabric can be scraps but should be roughly the size of a piece of paper. If light fabric is not available, design drawing practice can be done on plain white paper.
Recommended Resources:
  • Books: The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook by Susan Briscoe, Japanese Running Stitch Sashiko by Satomi Dairaku, Sashiko by Mary S Parker
  • Video Series: Susan Briscoe on Interweave Press, Carol Ziogas on iQuilt (and her YT), Skillshare, CreativeBug
  • Shops: Kimonomomo, Snuggly Monkey on Etsy, Bunny’s Designs Etsy/Austin, in Australia
  • Brands: Olympus, Tulip, Clover, maybe DAISO
  • Blog: (Carol Ziogas)

Free Sashiko Patterns:

Kumihimo Braiding August 10th

Supply List:

  • 1 or 2 Squares of Cardboard,
  • 3-4 inches (7-10 cm) Lengths of yarn or embroidery floss 24-36 inches (70-95 cm),  (7 strands for one pattern, 4 for the second)
  • Cardboard scissors
Recommended Resources: