I thought I’d reveal some of what my crafty little fingers are up to when not riding bikes through the city or sloshing through fish guts. Three weeks of radio silence, or, shall I say cybershush? (thanks for that, spoppy!) combined with a few cross-Pacific flights, and this embroidery project didn’t stand a chance. Honestly, it was so addictive I couldn’t put it down.
You may remember that during one of my first ventures into a craft store here in Tokyo, I emerged with some sashiko supplies. Sashiko 刺し子 literally meaning “little stabs,” is a Japanese style of embroidery used to decoratively reinforce fabric, though nowadays I think it’s all for fun. The pattern I picked up is called shippo tsunagi 七宝つなぎ, or seven treasures, and it was printed directly onto the fabric. You simply follow the lines.
And voila! So now the question is, what to do with my finished block? I have some ideas, but I’d love to hear your suggestions. In the meantime, I think I might have to find some more patterns. I’m still feeling a little stabby.
Update – since posting this morning, I’ve had even more sashiko excitement! I wandered into a store in my neighborhood (that coincidentally only sells blue and white things) and discovered they offer sashiko classes! I immediately signed up for the next one in September. I might also consider it language practice, since the whole class will be in Japanese… Can’t wait!