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 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.
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.