Atarashii Patchwork - Japanese Folded and Quilted Patchwork
Tutor: Janice Gunner MSDCCourse Code: 3319-08


The Japanese term Atarashii Patchwork translates as 'new patchwork'. Devised by Japanese quilter Sashiyo Muraki, it was first published in Japanese book of techniques in 1984. It is a deceptively simple technique which makes up into delightful little quilt-as-you-go units that can be turned into a variety of items such as bags, boxes, table mats and wall hangings. This hand stitching workshop will introduce you to the technique and give ideas and inspiration for other projects.


This Japanese folded and quilted form of patchwork, known as Atarashii in Japan, is easy to cut, prepare and hand sew and makes very effective little self-contained units. A Japanese take on the quilt-as-you-go technique, individual blocks make ideal coasters but by making more of them you can use them for bags, soft boxes, placemats, quilts and even bread warmers if you make a wheat bag which can be heated in a microwave like one of my students did for her C&G container!

Please bring with you

2 contrasting fat quarters of fabric
Fat quarter of thin wadding (I use Hobbs Heirloom 80/20)
Hand sewing kit, including thread to match fabrics
Fabric scissors and Paper scissors
Rotary cutter, mat and 6” x 12” rule
Contrasting embroidery thread (stranded cotton or perle type) for decorative stitching
Note Pad and Pencil
Digital Camera

I will have some vintage Japanese silk & cotton fabrics for sale if you would like to use them for your project.
I will provide the templates ready to cut out for each student.

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

Janice will bring a selection of Japanese silks for sale during the course - prices from £5 per ½ metre (approx. width 35 cm)


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Janice Gunner MSDC

Janice Gunner is textile artist, quilter and author. She learned how to embroider at the age of five, made her own clothes from the age of 10, has been quilting for 44 years and has spent almost 30 years of those teaching patchwork & quilting, including 23 years teaching City & Guilds courses. Janice is currently studying for a MA Textiles at UCA Farnham.

13th Aug 2019

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9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session