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Kaua‘i Soto Zen offers practical classes

Toni Wass, one of the five featured quilters at the current Garden Isle Quilters exhibit and sale that ends Saturday inside the Kauai‘i Society of Artists gallery in Kukui Grove Center in Lihue, said her sashiko project has been worked on for nearly a year and is not done yet.

“It’s one of the first things I learned when I started sewing at 5 years old,” Wass said. “I have my sashiko project and project bag wherever I go so I can work on it when there’s time.”

m.Lea Ingram, another of the Garden Isle Quilters, also has her sashiko project fashioned from the same template as Wass’.

“But I cut mine and give it away as the squares are done,” Ingram said.

Sashiko, as described in its class introduction, is Japanese folk embroidery using variations of running stitches with old fabrics.

Sashiko and its practical side, sashiko with boro, and how to create miso and mirin, are the two, one-day classes being offered by the Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji in Hanapepe.

“We have Naoko Komagata Moller teaching both classes,” said Jerry Hirata, president of the Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji. “Earlier in March, she taught a class in Buddhist vegetarian cooking that is part of our Legacy Cooking Class Series. Or, imagine taking your ‘boroboro,’ or worn-out clothes or materials, and creating an art of piecing, patching to extend their use.”

Moller returns on July 29 and 30 to lead both classes. The miso and mirin class, another of the Japanese Legacy Cooking Series, will be held July 29 from 9:30 a.m. to noon for the instruction, preparation and a shojin, or vegan lunch.

“It’s not as difficult as you might think,” Hirata said. “Learn how to make two of the most-popular Japanese fermented seasonings that are tasty and can aid in healthy digestion benefits. There is no cooking involved for this segment, where people will work in groups, and aprons was welcomed.”

Because the created miso and mirin need to be stored in a dark and cool place for at least five months or longer, a follow-up cooking class is scheduled for November.

A donation to cover the cost of materials is welcomed for both classes. The suggested donation for the miso and mirin class is $40. The suggested donation for sashiko with boro class is $35, and includes sewing materials for four or five coasters or two pot holders.

No sewing experience is necessary for the sashiko with boro class that is July 30 from 10 a.m. to noon.

To register for either or both classes, email, or call 808-335-3521 and leave a message.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or
Source: The Garden Island

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