Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sashiko sampler on gray


    Finally finished this sashiko sampler:

I just don't know what to actually do with it!  Make it into a pillow? Use as a medallion center for a quilt?  Cut out the squares and use within a quilt?  Not sure.  If it becomes a UFO tacked to my sewing room wall, I'm fine with that!

 I had started it as something to have around for handwork while I was without my machine this summer (yes, I know, we are in the middle of November now!).

shippo (seven treasures) - a very traditional sashiko design. 
I used a cotton/linen blend fabric, just wonderful to work with, and hand-dyed thread I purchased at Blue and White in Azabu-Juban.
sakura (cherry blossom) - the transience of nature/life/beauty

fundo (linked counter weights) 

Sashiko was one of my best windows into Japanese culture while I was living in Tokyo.  I still love it and am happily back in the swing of stitching.
tortoiseshell (long life) 

I'm starting to get a handle on my house, and have found it so relaxing to pick up some hand work in the evenings.
ume (plum blossom)  - beauty and hope  - it blooms even in winter, as a harbinger of spring 
Here's the back... in case you are curious! Knots everywhere, which is OK in sashiko, really:).

And in the upper right hand corner you can see how I let the thread loosely travel on the back - for this design:

arrow feathers - the strength and courage of a warrior 
With sashiko, it's best to keep things loose... and nothing needs to be too perfect or precise... a philosophy I quite like!