Join us to explore Japanese inspired patchwork piecing along with Sashiko (slow stitching) and mending. We are beginning with traditional methods and then applying a contemporary eye.

Through hands-on projects, learn about a variety of traditional techniques and how to incorporate them into your own work. 


Japanese craftsmanship has been admired for centuries. Delve into the rich history behind these beautiful techniques and textiles. You will leave with an appreciation of the past and a fresh perspective on your next phase of art-making.

Imagine a week in a 12th-century villa learning new techniques (no experience necessary), exploring the surrounding villages of Umbria, enjoying authentic Italian food prepared by our own chef.

We will take care of the details- travel to and from the Rome airport, food, wine, supplies for the workshop and travel around the area for shopping!


Teachers may be able to receive CEU's for workshop participation through Heartwood College of Art.  Contact us for more information.



Your Instructors...

Kimberly Becker graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Textiles and is in the process of completing her Masters in Fine Art at Heartwood College of Art.  She is also a haute couture embroiderer trained at Ecole Lesage in Paris, France . 


Kimberly is a feminist artist and creator of "The House Dress Project" and "Dolls for Change", and the Curator at the Chocolate Church Arts Center Gallery in Bath, Maine.

Berri Kramer has had her hand in textiles for nearly 50 years. First as a designer for Better Homes and Gardens for 25 years, and then as a studio artist. With a BFA in Design and Crafts from Kent State University and a Masters in Textile study from Lesley University, her work explores color relationships integrated with abstract forms. Currently working on a show for the Jewish Museum in Portland, Maine (January 2019), Berri is pushing boundaries by altering cloth through rust dying and indigo. She has been the President of Heartwood College of Art for the past 25 years where she taught Color and Design and Exploration of Crafts.