The Japanese sewing technique – Sashiko

Course leader: Momi Yama

Welcome to a course in Sashiko! This traditional mending technique is based on prestitching and the early use of the technique was developed to reinforce and mend utility textiles in an era when nothing was allowed to go to waste. Over time, sashiko has developed into freer forms and also become a strong aesthetic form of expression. Sashiko is a Japanese term, but the method is found in all parts of the world. Sashiko is thus a textile approach that belongs not only to Japanese cultural heritage but is a global phenomenon. During the course, you as a participant will be introduced to the Japanese sewing technique sashiko with its history, materials, technique and pattern tradition. You will learn how to repair your clothes and everyday textiles but also to make free compositions through sashiko. You will both practice the technique with test examples and complete your own project.

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Course fee

The course fee is SEK 5,200. If Capellagården has to cancel the course, you always have the right to get back the course fee you have paid. If you need to withdraw your offer due to obstacles or illness, a refund will be made with 50% of the course fee. Please note that board and lodging are not included in the course fee, but are booked and paid for separately after admission.

Application and admission

no prior knowledge is needed for the course Sashiko

We apply continuous admission. When a course has enough applicants to fill course and reserve places, we close the possibility to apply for the course. The selection for the course is based on your motivation in the application and the desire to have a spread in the group. We will provide feedback on an ongoing basis. That is, the time it takes to receive notification can vary. Notification is sent via email. Upon admission, information is given about payment and confirmation of course place. In case of non-payment, we offer the course place to the next person in line. In connection with admission, it is possible to book and pay for board and lodging. 

You who apply must be 18 years old, except for the children/youth courses.

Link to application form

Board and lodging

In connection with admission, you are offered to book any board and lodging during the course week. There is a tennumber of different houses on the "storgården" with proximity to workshops and the Vingårdsalen. The rooms are varied with a simple standard, in the houses there is access to a shared kitchen, shower and toilet. Many houses/rooms thus have shared bathrooms. Full board is included for everyone who lives at Capellagården and our shared meals are largely based on vegetables from our organic garden. 

Cost of board and lodging in a single room:
Board and lodging a woecheck: SEK 4900
Bed linen is included in the fee.

If Capellagården has to cancel the course, you always have the right to recover all fees for board and lodging. In case of cancellation, we charge an administrative fee of SEK 500. 

We are usually able to offer rooms to anyone who wishes, but unfortunately cannot give any guarantee. 

If you have arranged your own accommodation and want to eat together with your coursemates, it is fine to buy individual meals. 

The price is then: Breakfast SEK 85, Lunch or dinner SEK 125, Cheese tray (end) SEK 155.
Coffee and shared coffee are included in the course fee

Bring to the course

Needles in slightly different sizes, pointed needles are fine. Sashiko pins for those who have. Different kinds of thread (preferably cotton), scissors, different cotton fabrics, pencil, paper, ruler - and if you have; garments or other textiles to be mended or processed.

Course start and end

On the day the course starts, the arrival time is from 3 p.m. At At 17.00 a simple dinner is served and at 18.00 there is a joint start with your course. The course ends on Friday with a joint closing evening. On Saturday, breakfast is served and check-out is at 11.00 at the latest. 


The language of instruction on the course is Swedish. However, summaries in English may appear.