Thursday, 28 February 2013

Sashiko Style

A quick post as I'm rushing out the door but I couldn't wait to share...

I've been drooling over this post for over a year and last night I finally decided to have a little go at some Sashiko-style embroidery.  I say style because I'm not using the proper technique for this art - it requires a longer needle than I own and I am a one stitch at a time kinda girl - everyone has their own style of sewing and that's mine.  It's pretty all the same, though, whether it's official Sashiko or not.

Sashiko Style embroidery


Sashiko is traditionally used for embroidery and for quilting and I find the intricate-looking (but actually quite simple) patterns to be so effective.  A quick google search brought me to these free Sashiko patterns to download.

Sashiko Style

There are also special embroidery silks and things for Sashiko but I just went with what I had and I'm loving the way it's turning out.  I am forever having to remind myself that waiting for the perfect materials/project/circumstances means it never gets done.  

The Purl Bee site has a lovely Sashiko tutorial if you fancy a go at it. 

18 comments:

  1. Oh I read about this is Jane Brochets book. It looks amazing

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  2. I can see why this appealed. It's a lovely way of developing patterns simply. The colours really add to it too. Thanks for the links this will be going in my queue. Have a warmer? weekend I believe we are in for a bit of sunshine too.

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    1. It's been much warmer and sunnier here today, hopefully that will last into the weekend!

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  3. That does look lovely and fresh. Look forward to seeing the finished acticle. You are so right about waiting for the perfect conditions - they never happen. x

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  4. So effective, well done. You do inspire me to investigate crafts I've not seen before. I'm off to browse through the links now.

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    1. I'm glad you feel inspired by my posts, MumB :o)

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  5. That's really beautiful Hannah.

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  6. wow, that's really pretty. maybe I will try embroidery again, when this mad felting week is over! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Sally. Your felting is looking really good! :o)

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  7. Que coisa linda!!!!! eu não conhecia e agora estou louca para fazer um bordado tipo Sachikó! Obrigada!
    Um abraço!

    Egléa

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    1. Obrigado pelas suas palavras amáveis. Estou contente por ter encontrado inspiração aqui. :o)

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  8. This is gorgeous! I love all the bright and cheerful colours.

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  9. I'd really love to try this. I know I am probably asking a really basic question but how do you get the circles so perfect? Do you draw them on the fabric first? Thanks

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    1. Hi Rebeca - I traced the pattern (linked above) on with a washable marker which dabs off with a cold wet sponge - I like to dab off the marker as I go so I can be cheered by my progress!

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    2. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, thats great now I can get started!

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