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In Japan one may have an abundance of sashiko needles to choose from, but outside of Japan our choices tend to be more limited. For the past decade or so we were really limited, generally to whatever Olympus had to offer, and that was about it. Times have changed, much to our benefit.
Which brand to start with?
Olympus, the company providing non-Japanese stitchers with sashiko supplies for a very long time (decades? I really have no idea) offers a wide variety of thread, needles, thimbles, and kits and has continued ...read more
I have two basic sashiko classes coming up in May in Alameda, California. Here are the details:
- Date: Monday, May 18 or Sunday, May 24 (Same class, pick which one day works best for you.)
- Time: 1-4 pm
- Location: The ReCrafting Co., Santa Clara Ave. at Everett in Alameda.
- Cost: $50 Includes full class kit. Just bring scissors and a ruler!
We’ll cover basic stitch technique, how to transfer a design onto fabric, and the little details such as turning corners, backstitching instead of tying knots, stitch length, and all the nitty gritty you may have been wondering about ...read more
Even though I thought I’d never finish these sashiko coasters, I thoroughly enjoyed stitching them.
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I’m learning a lot in Stitched in Color’s Handstitched Class.
This kind of stitching is teaching me to slow down.
It’s teaching me patience.
This kind of stitching has given me a way to create with fabric while I’m away from my sewing machine.
I usually retreat to my sewing room when I need to make something, but these Handstitched Class projects have been portable enough to carry with me and put in ...read more
‘Yes, you are allowed to touch them, and yes, you are allowed to photograph them’, said the Red Cross ladies.
How gobsmacked were the hundreds of visitors at the exhibition to be able to handle the worn and battered indigo ‘kasuri’ quilts. Usually ‘Quilt Angels’ in white gloves monitor the movement of the public to prevent any ‘touching’. There were no ‘Please do not touch’ signs at this event – it was heartwarming to be encouraged to feel this tactile art form. After all, that’s what ...read more
As an avowed thimble-hater in my youth, I never expected to carry so many in my shop that I would actually use.
You may have heard me evangelize the merits of a sashiko palm thimble, either leather or metal, and seen me wearing both at a quilt show or teaching event. I do use these regularly and find they take the stress out of sashiko and allow me to sew for longer than I would without a thimble. They may seem awkward to start with if you are unaccustomed to them, but once you find the right balance and rhythm ...
PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS ANA, MARILYN and SHARON!
The first DVDs giveaway we did was called “Out of the Heat” because it was the middle of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and the second was called “Out of the Cold” because it was the middle of winter. If the reader’s comments on yesterday’s B.C. comic strip by John Hart Studios were any indication, the weather can’t make up its mind this week no matter where you are, so we’ll just call this, our third ...read more
Joyce Perz of Sashiko Southwest is an artist with a vision. She enjoys the classic style of Japanese sashiko, but living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she is exposed to Southwest Native American tribal art in all its beautiful geometry. In combining the two she has created a collection of beautiful hybrid designs.
I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce while I was working at AQS Quilt Week Albuquerque in January of this year. Her personality and energy were inspiring, and I was excited to see her kits fly off the display in my booth during ...read more
Busy busy! Local local! No airplanes for me this month. Here’s where you can find Kimonomomo this March:
- March 1 – Bay Area Sashiko Workshop in San Jose/Campbell. Details on Meetup.com or contact Carol if you need information/directions. The address is never posted online so you do need to contact me or Leilani if you’ll be attending.
- March 14-15 – Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association Show “40 Years of Quilted Memories” at the Santa Clara Convention Center
- March 20-21 – San Francisco Quilt Guild Show in the Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, CA ...
I’ll be teaching a six-week course with sashiko and other hand sewing skills using upcycled fabrics at the Recrafting Co. in beautiful Alameda, CA. You can join in on Upcycle Alameda’s Meetup event page and/or contact Joan at 510-913-2732 for more information and to sign up. There are a limited number of seats available and we would love to have you in one of them.
Here are the details:
Join an experienced Alameda sewing coach and seven fellow Islanders to make upcycle couture! Develop your signature style. Rethink how you clothe yourself and your family. Have creative ...read more
Oh, MY! I think I have a new addiction! I started a couple of new Sashiko projects and I can't stop!
The first is my Two Owls piece. Sylvia Pippen has a series of panels to make Chinese Birds. This owl piece is my first one. I'm starting on the doves next. I don't know how many different birds she'll have in the series. I'll just keep making them and figure out what to do with them when they're all done.
The owls are done on Moda Marble fabric with traditional Sashiko thread. I ... read more
Happy New Year to all!
I really left you hanging there, didn’t I? Sorry about that. After all the buzz of shopping Houston Quilt Market followed by teaching and selling at Quilt Festival I’m always in desperate need of a month or two to crawl back into my shell and not talk to humans very much. This tends to upset people who are JUST FINE working all year round, and they can never quite understand why I don’t reply to emails, return calls, or answer texts for a few weeks.
Winter is my sanity-rebuilding time. That’s all I can say.
Moving ...read more
Ok, a few pics from my first two days. More to come.
The big red and white display is in celebration of the Festival’s 40 year Ruby Jubilee, and it is amazing. The other photos are from my shopping spree at Birch Fabrics, and the most excellent Tyson who helped me out.
Dee Dee at Seven Islands talked me into way more fabric than I can handle right now… Good thing Thomas and I are working on our new shop space so we can fit it all!
Two gorgeous photo-realistic, hand painted quilts I love.
More to come! So ...read more