Kogin embroidery workshop

POSTPONED Discover the Japanese art of Kogin, as you work on your own embroidery piece and learn to create your own designs.

Embroided designs and Japanese thread


22 June 2022


1pm to 4pm



£70 for Kew Members

Meeting point

Kew Gardens

Join this workshop to learn about Kogin embroidery and create your own piece to take home.

Kogin embroidery is a type of Sashiko or counted thread work, originating in the Northern part of Japan in Aomori Prefecture.

It is stitched on an evenweave fabric from side to side, typically using an uneven number of threads to make up geometric, symmetrical patterns, that are usually in the shape of a diamond.

There are around 45 traditional Kogin patterns known as 'Modoko', but there are so many more to discover — learn how to invent and stitch your own modern designs using a simple sheet of gridded graph paper or a computer spreadsheet.

The name 'Kogin' derives from the Japanese word 'koginu'; 'ko' meaning 'small' and 'ginu' meaning 'wear' — the name of a Japanese jacket that was often decorated using 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 
  • how to start the next row without pulling in your stitches 
  • how to sew a border pattern
  • how to sew one of a selection of Modoko patterns using a template provided
  • how to start creating your own designs

Important information

  • Fabric, needle and thread are included in the workshop price.
  • Students can also bring an item to repair (denim or heavy cotton/linen are best). Wool and silk pieces are not suitable for this class.
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