My sashiko journey begins here.

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It all started with Collette Patterns selling sashiko embroidery kits for Christmas one year.  What was this sashiko stuff that looked so pretty?  It turns out it is a Japanese quilting method, where layers of cloth would be held in place by really amazing geometric and beautiful embroidery.   Some examples here and here.  When I heard “layers of cloth” I thought of the t-shirts I’ve been saving since high school to make into a quilt.  I bought a t-quilt pattern years ago, but never started it because the first step was fusing interfacing to all the t-shirts to keep them from stretching.  I hate fusing interfacing, even to a collar, and there was no way I was going to do that to 40+ t-shirts.  Plus, it would make them all stiff.  But what if I could use sashiko embroidery to affix the stretchy shirts to a woven backing fabric?

This idea turned around in my head for a few years.  The tidying this spring was what finally got this project in motion. I’ve got an entire drawer full of t-shirt fronts ready to turn into a quilt.  I’d better start making a move toward turning them into a quilt sooner rather than later.  So I finished all my other at-home-movie-watching projects which meant it was time to buy supplies.

However, I decided to learn sashiko techniques by making two pillows first.  Julie and I traveled to Fabric Depot and I came back with this orange fabric, a blue fabric, needles, two kinds of thimbles, sashiko thread and a new color of Clover chaco marking pen.

If the pillows go well, I can begin sashiko on the t-shirts.  If it doesn’t, I can use the technique I just discovered, which involves rotating a backing t-shirt to cross grain to provide more structure.  This would would be much easier, but I’m hoping the Sashiko thing works out.

2 thoughts on “My sashiko journey begins here.”

  1. OMG, I really want that dragonfly pattern in the first link (and the tea set that’s in the pic although I don’t drink tea). So cute! Do you know what your pattern is going to be?

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