Japanese Embroidery

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Sun 02Jun
Thu 06Jun

Exquisite Traditional Art

Facilitator: Jackie Hall

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. This course is open to people with some experience of Japanese Embroidery with Jackie Hall.

Early Bird tickets sold out – standard priced places available!

If you would like to share a room with a friend, please call Cathy on 01453 759 034 to make your booking or email: info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

Event time: Sun 2nd Jun 2024 at 4:00pm - Thu 6th Jun 2024 at 4:00pm

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 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 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.

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.

Are you new to Japanese Embroidery?

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

Price Options

£466 Early Bird Non-Residential
£585 Early Bird Residential Shared
£670 Early Bird Residential Single
£548 Non-Residential
£688 Residential Shared
£788 Residential Single


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Non-Residential Deposit
£ 150.00
6 available
Residential Single Deposit
£ 150.00
6 available

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!"