Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stitching on the road: a Sashiko in color

    When Joe and I drove four hours away to see the grandchildren in ballet recitals, I put on a British mystery CD for us to listen to and I stitched away while Joe drove through the heavy rain. Ellen had showed me her pattern for a multi-colored Sashiko piece and how to braid Sashiko embroidery thread to make it easy to pull out a single color to work with. Debbie said Erika Wilson also taught about braiding the thread.

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     This piece is about 12" x 12." It is fun to have something one can finish. I bought a quarter yard of several deep colors from green to red and purple to create some Sashiko coasters or little sachet bags using  plain white or off-white Sashiko embroidery thread...a modest task only for the road. I got this idea at The City Quilter!

     I also found this fine panel to make something for the children. Maybe I could add batting and a backing and the girls could do their own hand quilting if they felt comfortable doing so.  I came to the conclusion on this trip, that I should make up some SMALL projects ahead of time for them to play with. Usually they want to create something enormous like a quilt from scratch for brother David;  and that is not realistic. Hannah says she is ready to deal with her Hello Kitty Janome sewing machine. 


  1. I love the look of the Sashiko piece, and, as a thinking grandmother, you are always "on the ball" with something new and exciting for the grandchildren to do! Good for you - and for the kiddos! ss

  2. Sounds like the drive was almost as much fun as the visit. Which British mystery? I've got a yen for one.

    1. The Sashiko is lovely - and my goodness, I haven't heard Erica Wilson's name in many decades! Ditto on the British mystery title question -- I devour them.

  3. Looks like you had a productive happy trip. The girls are so pretty! N.

  4. I love the colored sashiko. Could the girls do a small sashiko, maybe that could be made into a little bag.

  5. I loved the way you displayed the braided threads next to the sashiko. The map of the world is beautiful. How are you going to use it?

  6. The colors in the Sashiko piece are really appealing - such a different feel that one gets in contrast to the ones with all white thread. AND, I do LOVE that panel with illustrated parts of the world and the time zones. Such a delightful "feast" for children and grownups, too!