Japanese Embroidery

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Japanese Embroidery Hawkwood College Course Jackie Hall
Sun 23Feb 20
Wed 26Feb 20

Exquisite Traditional Art

Facilitator: Jackie Hall

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

If you haven’t worked with Jackie previously and are new to Japanese Embroidery please contact Hawkwood directly before booking on line.

Event time: Sun 23rd Feb 2020 at 4:00pm - Wed 26th Feb 2020 at 4:00pm

Japanese Embroidery (shishu in Japanese) is a hand-embroidery technique that is over 1000 years old. Its exquisite designs are based on seasons and celebrations and are found primarily on 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 is worked on the finest quality of silk and metallic fabrics using pure silk threads. All equipment used is Japanese including very fine handmade needles.

The fabric is mounted; drum tight on a traditional Japanese embroidery frame to keep the tension on the threads which enhances the shine. The thread is reeled silk, used flat or twisted by hand to a variety of sizes and degree of twist. Also used are Japanese gold and silver metallic threads and these come in a variety of colours and thicknesses?

To develop your skill, instruction in the techniques of traditional Japanese embroidery is an orderly progression of phases that should be taken in turn. 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 goes hand-in-hand an introduction to the symbolism and colour usage that form part of the tradition of Traditional Japanese embroidery.

Price Options

£325 Non-Residential
£385 Residential Shared
£445 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Please note that prices are listed per person.

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.

Jackie Hall

Jackie Hall has worked with needlecraft for over 20 years and Japanese Embroidery for 18 years. She has exhibited in England, New Zealand, and United States and at the World Exhibition in Tokyo.

In 1991 Jackie enrolled in the first class to be held in the UK by visiting tutors from the Japanese Embroidery Centre in US. She studied for four years and in 1995 went to Atlanta to take her teacher qualifying certificate. Since then she has taught in Gloucestershire, Cambridgeshire, North Wales, and London as well as Paris and Cannes. To keep up her skill and knowledge she attends regular classes for teachers which are held in Japan, Atlanta, France and the UK.

Many of her students have graduated to teacher level in both UK and Europe and now hold their own classes.


"I love to come to Hawkwood Japanese Embroidery classes. With expert tuition I learn to embroider beautiful pictures in the peace and tranquility of the countryside. It is a wonderful escape!"