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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

Adventures in Embroidery

An exciting new project for the autumn … I’m lucky enough to have snagged a spot on Karen Ruane’s ‘Embroider, Embellish, Create’ class.

Karen is an amazing, talented, embroiderer, working primarily white on white, so the opportunity to learn from her is one I couldn’t resist.

And with all that vintage lace and linen sitting in my stash, waiting for their moment of glory, it was perfect timing.

Here’s the first piece, sitting on top of a raw linen napkin … I think it appropriate that it evokes a compass, since I was feeling for direction with it …

In the centre, a vintage cutwork doily, surrounded by (clockwise from top) broderie pillowcase edging, pleated ivory silk salvaged from an old lampshade, damask cotton pillowcase, printed cotton pillowcase. Overlaid in the bottom left corner is a scrap of waver-thin cotton, embroidered and with lacework insert, and at each of the ‘compass points’ is the remnants of vintage lace trim – fragments I’d kept but were too fragile and torn to be any practical use – until now.

and piece 2 – it looks more conventionally patchworked, apart from that half-circle of old doily in the corner.

left, top to bottom: little scrap of lace edging from an old camisole top; small strip of vintage linen tablecloth edging with lace trim; long oblong of damask linen tablecloth with geometric pattern ;

across the top, a strip of antique broderie trim

two central panels of different antique damask linen tablecloth (apologies that this doesn’t show up in the photo), separated by a strip of eyelet broderie, and bordered on the left by more of the same linen/lace tablecloth edging.

A very special piece of antique broderie along the bottom – ancient and fragile, and half a vintage doily completes the picture.

Interesting beginnings.

And then I got this piece of eco-dyed silk from Arlee Barr today:

It struck me that this oak leaf banner might work perfectly with the work in hand, although I hadn’t ordered it with that in mind …

And so it does. Whether I keep it intact, or cut it into 3 pieces, I haven’t decided yet.

There is stitching to be done ….