Learn Bead Embroidery and Sashiko from a Master Artist

15 years ago or so, I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Eha and seeing her work in person. The colors, the stitching, the glint of gold and oh, how the beads caught the light…wow!

Beaded quilt, Nancy Eha

Beaded quilt, Nancy Eha

I was not a “tiny-beads” person back then but Nancy’s work still moved me. And today? Well – when seeing Nancy’s Japanese Scroll with Beaded Dragonfly and Beaded Sashiko class, it made me happy that I did eventually fall in love with those tiny beads.

Close up of beaded dragonfly from Japanese Scroll, Nancy Eha

Detail from Japanese Scroll, Nancy Eha

Sashiko is a Japanese stitching technique traditionally used to reinforce (or repair) areas of clothing or functional pieces, like bags used for marketing. And although practical in nature, the stitching was done in a decorative way. Today, the work is absolutely beautiful and often embellished with beads,  For more information on the technique and how it’s being done today, see “Create Sashiko Bead Embroidery with the Running St.”

The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, a wood-block print and painting master of the Endo period, is credited for inspiring many sashiko patterns still used to this day.


Mt. Fuji, Waves, woodblock print, Katsushika Hokusai

And today, sashiko has been elevated beyond functional work, with many artists using sashiko beautifully in embroidery, bead embroidery and quilting.

Lucy Arai, Sashiko artist, 1996

Lucy Arai, sashiko artist, 1996

Modern Sashiko stitched quilt, Jazzfest, Rayna Gillman

Modern sashiko-stitched quilt, Jazzfest, Rayna Gillman

Detail of a mandala stitched with beads, by Nancy Eha

Detail of a mandala stitched with beads, by Nancy Eha

If your breath is also taken away by Nancy’s work, and you’re inspired to add bead embroidery to your repertoire, Nancy’s latest course will give you a really good understanding of the techniques. Through the course, Nancy will guide you on creating a beautifully beaded design, and then how to apply the skills you’ve learned to your own work. You can do this all from the comfort of your home, with Nancy there to guide you and answer your questions. The environment also allows for collaborating with the other students as you each embark on your own beaded sashiko and bead embroidery journey and share progress through a private group established for just this class.

I personally can’t wait to see some of Nancy’s work in person again and would love to hear about your experiences with her or how she’s inspired you. Please leave a comment below.

Happy beading,


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