Happy August!  Are you getting ready to send the kids back to school soon? Or are you one of the lucky ones that have school starting today?! We start back here August 19th, so we have a few more weeks to play and get back into the routine of things.  This weekend we are headed up to Orlando for my 20th High School reunion! I cannot believe it’s been that long, but boy is it making me feel a little crusty this morning.  I finally found a nice cocktail dress and strappy heels at the outlets yesterday (which was painful) , so I am pretty much good to go.   I hope it goes well!

In the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing a few projects I’ve done during our Virginia Beach vacation.  The last one I wanted to share was a new-to-me craft I purchased before the trip.  Those of you who know me know I am a huge fan of Japanese crafting.  So it is no surprise that I found a few boards on Pinterest about Shashiko.

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Sashiko (刺し子)  —-  Means “Little Stabs” and is a type of decorative stitching from Japan.  It was originally used  for repairing worn clothing or stitching stress points of clothes.  In recent times, this running stitch is a popular technique used in many types of crafts.  After a little research, I discovered that indigo(navy) cloth and white cotton thread is what is typically used in Sashiko.  If you search online and research a bit more, you’ll find many modern sewists replace the indigo for linen or white fabric and more.  I have also seen a lot of red cotton thread used in addition to other colors.

I ordered the materials you see above from a wonderful Etsy shop in San Francisco called KimonoMomo. Her store is filled with lovely Japanese goods and Sashiko supplies.  Since I am new to it, I purchased a pre-packaged kit (A pillow)  The kit came with a pre-cut square of indigo cloth with cut 33cm x 33cm. The design was already printed on the fabric and a very detailed instruction sheet  was included.  Don’t worry, there were plenty of pictures so it was straightforward.

photo 2I also purchased a 40m pack of 100% white cotton yarn and a pack of Sashiko needles.  I was not sure of the needle difference, but once they arrived I could see they are thicker. The left side shows the Sashiko.  Below is my finished panel. I can’t see making a pillow out of it, but maybe a nice frame in my studio?

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I hope to share more of my Sashiko discovery with you this week. In addition to that here is what’s on my menu this week:

  • Finish my last block for my Craftsy class.
  • Figure out how much binding, backing and batting I will need for the BOM class
  • Finish several bags I am working on (the rest will have to wait until I get my supply order!)
  • Make an evening clutch for my cocktail dinner

So what are you working on this week? Any new projects or adventures to share? ~Cindy~

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