Thursday, April 4, 2013
Sashiko Sample Piece...
I decided to cut into my Sashiko fabric. Of course I cut it the wrong direction. The water is flowing sideways in this cut. Fortunately I have a little more fabric.
When I made my two cuts in the fabric there was a small piece left over. Not wanting to waste anything I thought it would be a good little piece to practice my stitching on. I ended up machine stitching around the edge as it was raveling. Then I decided to also cover the edges with masking tape to keep them steady.
The Sashiko needle is wonderful. Easy to thread with a threader. The Sashiko thread I purchased is six strand and feels really good. The needle is sturdy and straight and pierces the fabric really easily.
Here is my little sample piece with some stitching completed. As you can see my stitches are not perfect. If I had known what I was in for I would have selected a Sashiko fabric design with larger stitch lengths. These are so very tiny that I cannot even stay with the lines so I improvised. With my older eyes I need really bright light and stronger "readers". This piece of fabric is about the size of a small bookmark. I cannot imagine how many years it will take me to do the original small size I cut out for a project in mind. What was I thinking??? Now that I am experiencing the joy of Sashiko by hand I have just learned of the newest invention. Baby Lock Sashiko machine that does the stitching for us. Really? Here is a link to see
Part of me really embraces the old tradition of hand stitching. However, part of me is intrigued with the possibilities of a Sashiko machine and the options it offers. No, I won't be buying one. I don't own an Embellisher machine either. I tend to stick with my traditional sewing machine and vintage Serger.
Not very long ago I never even heard of Sashiko and now it seems I hear of it quite often. Kind of like never seeing a dark green automobile and once you think about it you see all kinds of them. Hmmm...
Today is a very rainy day. The skies are nourishing and cleansing our earth. I have a little birdie who is braving the rain to eat the edible birdseed house. He has to fly up to the deck and then just happily gorges himself. Of course it could be a girl birdie...I never even know the type of little bird. Adorable and rather small with a black head and brownish body. They normally are ground feeders and live under the RosyGlow bushes.
Our washing machine went out...again and the cost of repairs is almost the price of a new machine so I am researching. We have a 2000 Maytag Neptune that literally broke Maytag and put them out of business with their horrible reliability issues. Whirlpool now owns Maytag. I am doing my fact finding and will probably purchase an LG. Sadly it won't match my Maytag Neptune Dryer but I am okay with that fact. My laundry room is for function...not glamour. Lots of paperwork and budget revisions to do today. Rain will help me there too as I won't feel bad about not going outdoors for a walk. I did a backyard walk-about yesterday in the sunshine and our roses are filling out nicely. We even have some buds forming. The Saucer Magnolias are blooming and getting their new leaves. This is a glorious time of year with all of the new growth and blooms happening.
May you enjoy all that makes you happy...