Japanese Embroidery - 5 day course

Japanese Embroidery - 5 day course


This unique art form originated in Buddhist temples and is used for the elaborate decoration of Kimonos. This rarely taught skill has been based at Hawkwood for over twenty years. Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning works of art and learn about Japanese culture. All levels are welcome.

Japanese Embroidery (shishu in Japanese) is a hand-embroidery technique that is over 1000 years old. The exquisite designs are based on seasons and celebrations. You can find these primarily on the traditional dress of kimono and obi.

This unique type of embroidery uses pure silk threads, and works on the finest quality of silk and metallic fabrics. All equipment used is Japanese. These include very fine handmade needles.

Instruction in the techniques are given in an orderly progression of phases to develop your skill. While there are about fifty basic techniques, some phases cover a number of procedures, and others focus on only one.

Along with instruction in technique you will be introduced to the symbolism and colour usage that form part of the tradition of Japanese Embroidery.

Please get in touch for any further questions.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Residential £650 (£490 for the 31st October)
Non residential £450 (£340 for the 31st October)
(Please note that prices are listed per person. Materials will cost extra.)

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.


Bookings Team at Hawkwood CFT


Painswick Old Road

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


5 days (4:00pm to 4:00pm)

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