Monday, November 19, 2012

Sashiko basics

It figures that I'd come all the way to Tokyo, fall in love with sashiko, and then find a resource on the internet pointing to an expert teaching minutes away from my home in Massachusetts!

Miho Takeuchi maintains Studio Aika, a website and business dedicated to traditional sashiko design and instruction.  I'm not sure if she's still actively teaching, since there isn't any current content on her site, but I have really enjoyed the information on her website and it looks like a good place to find sashiko supplies in the states.  She writes about the origins of sashiko, and includes a free PDF with good basic instructions for getting started stitching. She has a few tutorials including one showing some sashiko do's and don'ts.