It has been good to finally have a weekend at home - life has just been a little too busy lately.
During the week I have been working on a new sashiko project. For those of you new
to my Blog - welcome. Sashiko is a traditional Japanese hand stitching that was
originally worked in ecru thread on indigo fabric. Today it is worked in all sorts of colours.
This one is great because the design comes pre-printed on the fabric and washes away later.
It saves so much time and effort in marking on your design. The only problem is that you can only use the lines as a guide as the marked stitches are too big and the spaces between are too long. For example where they have printed 8 stitches I am getting 11. The idea is to get
4 - 8 stitches per inch.
There are few rules to follow when stitching sashiko. Firstly no stitch should ever touch another stitch. Secondly the stitch should be a little bigger than the space between stitches. You can see on the pre-printed one above that the stitch and the space are about the same.
I am using a chocolate brown sashiko thread on the cream background. This is a long piece of fabric and I have almost done the hand stitching Then I will add on a border of squares in chocolate coloured woven taupes to complete the table runner.