Thursday, October 24, 2013

Interested in learning how to do Sashiko?



Sashiko is a form of embroidery, first developed in Japan hundreds of years ago as a way to mend and insulate clothing. Today sashiko is used to embellish fabric creations ranging from quilts, wall hangings, pillows to clothing, bags or even table linens. 

In January 2014 I'll be teaching a class at Patricia's Fabric House in East Rochester. We'll learn the basics and complete a pillow with a traditional sashiko design.

Here are some projects that I've made: 


A pillow made for a friend with a center sashiko square with his family's crest.

This is a bog coat which I made using a variety of sashiko designs - grasses, hemp, cherry blossom and fans.


A quilt for our grandson using train signals interspersed with Thomas Train fabric.

A wedding gift I made for friends whose grandparents had lived in Japan.

A Hawaiian sea turtle wall hanging, designed by Sylvia Pippen from whom I took classes in Hawaii.




A tote bag I made, decorating the front with a sashiko turtle design and waves.

On this wall hanging, I used stencils to create the design of a turtle swimming in the ocean.