Japanese Embroidery (September)

Japanese Embroidery (September)


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 in the traditional dress of kimono and obi.

This tradition was handed down through Kurenai-Kai in Japan and the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta.

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.

We mount the fabric drum-tight on a traditional embroidery frame. This will keep the tension on the threads to enhance the shine. We use Japanese gold and silver metallic threads in many colours and thicknesses. The tradition uses reeled silk, either as flat thread or twisted by hand. These are made into a variety of sizes and degrees of twist.

Instruction in the techniques is 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.

The serenity of the surrounding grounds of Hawkwood embellishes this retreat with woodlands, wildlife, and wonderful food. A splendid setting for such an exquisite practice.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

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


Bookings Team at Hawkwood CFT


Painswick Old Road

Suitable for

  • Suitable for beginners


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

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