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Sashiko stitching

Not so much for the projects, as for the extensive stitch library in the back section of the book …

Because my life is insane at the moment, dealing with end-of-term frenzy, I needed to work something both small and portable – that I could take along as I dash in and out of the house, trying to be several places at the same time.

A little set of sashiko samplers seemed to be the ideal solution … a chance for me to work my way through some of those glorious patterns, without committing myself to a massive project.

So ….

Some fragments of blue cloth – denim and cotton scraps for the most part, layered over a small piece of old cotton curtain lining, and each only 3×3 inches, I tackled the first section – spirals in squares.

sashiko sampler inazuma lightning spiral

No 1: Raimon or inazuma (lightning spiral), stitched in pale blue perle

sashiko sampler masuzashi square measure

No. 2 Masuzashi (square measure sashiko) stitched in white nr 8 perle

sashiko sampler hiratsume sanmasu concentric squares

No 3 Hiratsume sanmasu (concentric squares), stitched in perle 12

sashiko sampler tsumeta boxed rice fields

No 4 Tsumeta (boxed rice fields), stitched in linen floss 3

sashiko sampler tatemimasu with hanabishizashi

No 5 Tatemimasu (upright squares) with hanabishizashi (flower diamond stitch), stitched in linen thread

sashiko sampler kumiko (lattice)

No 6 Kumiko (lattice) , stitched in cotton mending thread

I enjoyed working these …. especially the chance to work with a variety of different threads – working on so small a scale meant I felt fairly free to try different weights and textures of thread over the boro cloth. I think I liked the cotton mending thread the best …. emotionally, that felt like the most appropriate choice, too – closer to the original intent of both stitching and cloth.

I’ve put all six onto little art cards ….

sashiko samplers

Sashiko Samplers Series 1

I believe that I will give each one a little art-card plate and put them in my Etsy shop