Our second to last Stitch Your Way Around the World was a visit to Japan through
sashiko stitching. Sashiko literally means
“little stab” and is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan.
Traditionally it was used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places
or tears with patches.
this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in
quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue
cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items
sometimes use red thread. Contemporarily, many stitchers use Sashiko designs on
all colours of cloth and use many colours of thread.
Mostly due to the time element of our sessions we opted to purchase pre printed sashiko fabric and stitched a small pouch to use with a credit card, or in our case, the Calgary Public Library Card.
|The best dressed library|
card in Calgary.
As an aside, I brought along a small
collection of my Furoshiki (wrapping cloths) and showed participants how to
tie a large furoshiki into a carry bag and several other wraps. While centuries
old in use in Japan, furoshiki are now the new “eco friendly” wrapping
|Single bottle wrap.|
tuned for our final stop on our Stitch
Your Way Around the World journey.
I remember you mentioning the wraps. I think hand work is making a comeback, at least for me!ReplyDelete