Rescue your clothes like a sewing Ninja!

Learn how to create beautiful patterns and save money whilst mending your favourite clothes.

Sashiko for Beginners shows you how to mend your clothes using beautiful Japanese designs. It is a proven step by step system to achieving mindfulness whilst repairing your clothes.  Benefit from peace of mind and save money whilst you learn the art of mindful mending. 

Favourite jeans get worn so many times in their lifestyle, and eventually they start to wear out. Sometimes in the knees, sometimes around the pockets, and almost always around the thighs (for us ladies anyway). In the past I have sadly parted with many favourite pairs of jeans, because I thought they had reached the end of their lives due to their worn out holes.

And then I discovered Sashiko, the Japanese art of mending that is both beautiful and practical. Because of its wabi sabi aesthetic (where you embrace the imperfection) you highlight and celebrate the life of the jeans and also bring a bit of beauty to the mend as well.

This technique can:

  • Save your favourite clothes

  • Reduce contributions to landfill

  • Assist to reduce the consumption of fast fashion

  • Save $$$$ per year buying new clothes

  • Minimise shopping stress when trying to find the perfect new pair of replacement jeans

  • Incorporate more creativity into your daily routine

  • Have a go-to stress relieving activity

  • Learn the practical aspects of mindfulness

  • Improve relationships with family and loved ones (because of reduced stress)

  • Improved happiness and feelings of achievement.

This course will cover ...

  • What to use

    How to select the right needles, threads and materials for each project.

  • Transferring your designs

    We discuss all the available options and I share my favourite fool-proof techniques with you.

  • Loads of Designs

    Step by step demonstrations on how to sew over 10 beautiful hitomezashi (one stitch) patterns with bonus downloadable templates.

This course includes:

  • Step by step videos

    I know your time is precious and that you don’t want to waste time doing things the hard way. That’s why I created 11 step by step videos that will save you time. It is divided into easy to follow video modules, discussing the best tools and materials to use, with step by step videos on how to sew over 10 different stitches that can be used to mend or embellish your clothes.

  • Follow along at your own pace

    Everyone has different time commitments, which can make getting to that weekend course tricky, or finding time in your busy day. So this course is set up for you to follow along at your own pace. Binge watch on a weekend, or spread it out over a number of weeks, it's entirely up to you.

  • Learn to sew over 10 different designs

    Starting with the basics, the course is structured for the absolute beginner, starting at sewing horizontal lines and working our way towards the more complex designs.

  • Master supply list

    A list of everything you will need, and if you don't have a local craft store to go to, I have found some awesome online stores that sell authentic Japanese supplies. This saves you time and money, as I have accidentally been duped into buying what I thought was authentic sashiko, only to realise it was an inferior product. I make the mistakes so you don't have to!

  • Stitching guides

    To complement the visual demonstrations, I have also provided stitching guides that show you the correct order in which to sew the stitches.

  • Downloadable templates

    For those of us who want to save time by not drawing out the pattern, I have provided downloadable templates that can be printed and used on your fabrics.

  • Lifetime access

    This gives you the freedom to revisit the lessons at any time. There's nothing worse than wanting to remember how to do something, only to realise that you no longer can access the information, I want to save you from this frustration.

  • Unlimited updates

    With the lifetime access this also means that you get unlimited updates as I make changes and updates to the course. I am always looking for ways to improve, and then I share this with you.

  • Streaming videos can be played on any device

    If you can connect to the internet, you can access the information. But sometimes we don't always have access to the internet - but we still want to be creative. That's why you can download the content so that you can take it with you to those remote places and still create. For example, your summer cottage may not have the internet, but you can take your lessons with you.

Sashiko for Beginners

Focus on perfecting your stitching form and structure.
Practice methods for establishing and perfecting Sashiko style stitching. Finish up by applying your new skills to mend your much loved garments and impress everyone with your creativity!

  • Save hundreds of $$$ when you repair your clothes

  • Inspire your creativity

  • Transform your existing garments into a work of art that are as unique and individual as you

  • Build confidence and pride in your work

  • The course starts from scratch so you will learn what tools and materials to use. I walk you through every step of how to create the designs

  • Bring you peace of mind and learn mindfulness techniques

  • Sewing has the ability to relax our mental and physical states of being. It can reduce our blood pressure and stress, and create a sense of peacefulness. Its called Zen Stitching for a reason!

  • Improve your relationships

  • When you are happy and relaxed this gives you a better pace to deal with all the stresses that life can throw at us whilst we navigate the COVID 19 pandemic.


  • Do you offer any refunds or guarantees?

    Sure do! If you finish the course, implement the techniques and feel you haven't improved, you can email me within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    Forever! As long as Zen Stitching exists, this course will be available to watch. Take it at whatever pace you'd like, watch whenever, wherever as many times as you'd like.

  • Will I be able to access all of the videos at once?


  • Ive never tried stitching before. Is this for me?

    Yes! The course was made with the beginner/intermediate stitcher in mind and those looking to pick up extra tips to improve their stitching. There are many step-by-step videos that are perfect for anyone just getting started.

  • I’m so busy at the moment, how will I find the time?

    I have concise videos and information sheets so you don’t waste any of your time. And I share with you the easy way so that you don't do things you’re not supposed to.

    You can sit down for a half hour a day and make progress because I’ve broken this down into tiny, doable little steps. My teaching is clear and concise.

  • I don't think online workshops will ever be as satisfying as the in-person experience

    Online learning for textile art actually has lots of advantages.
    Online learning is better suited to catering for different levels of experience. Have you ever left a day's workshop feeling inspired but a bit lost? Or unsure of how to bring a certain idea to reality. The beauty of Sashiko for Beginners is you can follow up with me and the community.

    Think about it this way, with the online course you have good close up views of my hands as they make the stitches. If you miss something, you can rewind and pause.

    And, the best thing is you can do it at your own pace - so you can binge watch the entire series in one weekend, or savour every module for months.

  • Why is it so expensive?

    In person workshops are time limited, and can be very expensive. Let's say you pay $150 for a day of tuition, and then of course there's travel and possibly accommodation - it all adds up. How often can you justify that expense?

    And then think about how much money you will save in the long run when you apply your new mending knowledge to beautifully repairing your clothes. Just think, I have mended my jeans over 12 times now. If I paid $100 for a new pair of jeans every time I got a hole in them, I would have spent over $1200 by now on new jeans......

  • There is so much uncertainty in the world right now. Is it the right time to start something new?

    In some ways there has never been a better time to give yourself the gift of creativity. It provides an escape from the daily barrage of bad news and making time for yourself and your passions can be a great comfort. In fact, studies have shown that creativity can reduce stress, increase happiness and boost your confidence.

  • How much does it cost in my local currency?

    At the time of writing (May 2020) CA$149 is:
    £88 UK Pounds
    €98 Euros
    $108 US dollars
    $164 Australian dollars

About your mentor

Kate Ward

Kate is a textile artist with over 20 years experience. She first started to knit when she was 4 years old, and has been passionate about fibre ever since!

Through a series of serendipitous events Kate studied textiles at the Australian National University and completed her Masters in Fine Art at Canada's top art school NSCAD.

Kate has been the recipient of numerous international scholarships, residencies and exchange programs. Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions, and won the Fibreart International Guild’s 2001 ‘Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist’ award, Pittsburgh, USA.

Her work is in public and private collections world wide.
Kate Ward textile artist in studio

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you finish the course, implement the techniques and still feel you haven't improved please email me within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.