I take a sashiko class once a month at a fabulous shop called Blue and White. Owner Amy Katoh is so open and welcoming, and she has created quite a gem in our neighborhood-y corner of Tokyo. She has written several beautiful books as well.
Here is my small sampler, created from a kit designed by our teacher, Yoshiura-sensei:
I just love attending this class - a few Japanese ladies, and me, clustered around a small table in the back of the shop. The ladies chat and laugh as they work on their individual projects, and I mostly don't understand a thing, but I love the exposure to the Japanese language. There is a lot of show-and-tell which I enjoy immensely.
I keep my little basket next to my couch so I have some ready handwork to do while watching TV.(Downton Abbey, anyone?)
I am linking up to Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday. I really enjoy looking at the projects linked there!