Hi again, how has your week been? This week I want to share a new embroidery style – Sashiko as well as show you what I will be working on next week. But first … Easter 🙂
First this week I wanted to show you these cute embroidered Easter eggs that are now available. There is a set of 4, each one is approximately 7 x 4.5 cm (17.5 x 11.5 inch). I have used two different fabrics on each egg, one patterned & the other plain or with a light print. I have hand embroidered along the seams & add some embroidered embellishments to the plan fabric in contrasting embroidery thread. Each egg is unique & the gift bag & shredded tissue is included.
I have started work on something new & a bit different this week for the shop. It is this adorable coloured embroidery pattern by Michelle Down of ‘Gingermelon design’. I have already copied the pattern to the fabric & coloured it in, next I will add embroidery around the out lines, then frame it with a hoop & add some ribbon so it can be hung … next weeks project – as well as find/buy more patterns 😉
Late last year I discovered a new embroidery style called ‘Sashiko’, pronounced ‘sash(i)ko (the ‘i’ is almost silent). According to ‘The Ultimate Sashiko source book’ (by Susan Briscoe), sashiko started as a domestic craft in rural Japan during the Edo era, around 1645-1868. It helped make their clothing warmer & enabled them to recycle worn-out fabrics. All aspects of fabric making & dying were done by hand & very labour intensive, so they would have been very keen to re-use as much as they could & get as much wear out of something as possible. These recycled fabrics were made into things such as work wear, bags & aprons, then eventually cleaning cloths.
In the northern regions of Japan during the Meiji era – 1868-1912, sashiko had become a vital domestic industry to the rural economy. During the winter months young girls attended needlework school & the older married women worked on their needlework at home when heavy winter snow prevented them from working on their farms.
I went looking for someone who stocked the traditional material used in sashiko & found Wafu Works ran by Jan Ochi. Jan specialises in vintage Japanese textiles & collectables. If you would like to give sashiko a try, this is definitely the place to go. Jan has everything you need including some kits like this one which come with everything you need inlcuding written instructions & a little information about the design. I looked around several sights comparing prices & available products & Wafu works not only has it all, but also the best prices.
This pattern is called ‘KASUMI-TSUNGI’ which translate to ‘Mist pattern’. It is a very simple, but effective pattern. There are lots of different patterns you can do, but I chose this particular one because it had a combination of straight lines & curves.
The fabric that comes in the kit is 100% cotton & dyed indigo blue which is what was traditional used. The first thing I had to do was trace the pattern onto the fabric using the supplied pattern sample & white carbon paper. I used a tailors tracing wheel which leaves a dotted line. I pick this tip up ‘some where’ on the Internet – I think it might of been YouTube (good place for tutorials). The dotted line makes it easier to get even stitch length – a GREAT tip 🙂
Before I started this I thought it might be a bit tricky, but I was very surprised at how quickly I go through this. Definitely going to try more of this soon but for now I just have to think of something to make with it 😉
What would you make with it? Let me know by leaving a comment below 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed this brief look at sashiko embroidery & what I have been up to this week. Until nest week …