Love Birds & Sashiko Embroidery

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     🙂

Easter Gift

Embroidered fabric  Easter egg.  These would make a great Easter gift or decoration  :)
Embroidered fabric Easter egg.
These would make a great Easter gift or decoration 🙂

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.  Easter Egg collage2

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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    😉


beginning sashiko
beginning sashiko (Photo credit: pinprick)

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.

Sashiko kit from Wafu Works.
Comes with absolutely every thing you need to try Sashiko.

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    🙂Exif_JPEG_PICTURE

And the finished product …SASHIOKO KIT3

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 …

Love Mignon & Georgie   🙂Sleeping Beauty 8-2-13



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