A few weeks ago I gushed about my new favorite form of needlework, sashiko. Since then, my stabby little fingers have been busy: I finished up one project, started two more, and attended my first sashiko class. Whew, what a busy Stab-tember!
Thanks for all the great suggestions on what to do with my finished shippo tsunagi 七宝つなぎ. I think it’s destined to become part of a bigger whole, but I don’t have the heart to hide it in a closet until then. And so, a quick stitch into a pillow case seemed like a good interim solution.
Careful there, clothes can make things difficult for a hen.
With one finished piece under my belt, I felt pretty good about going into my first sashiko class. And it was great! Conducted entirely in Japanese, it was just a few women sitting around a table, with the sensei directing us individually whenever we needed help. I spent most of my class time listening to the other women in the room chatter, and surprisingly picked up more of their conversations than I thought I could. I guess my limited vocabulary of mostly craft terms helped me, for once.
I came home with a new project in hand, a small table covering decorated with teacups. The biggest difference about my new project is that it is not printed directly onto the fabric, but is instead traced on using white carbon paper. The indigo fabric and thread were also much better quality, and when I got home I discovered my fingers were a wonderful shade of blue from the dyes.
The needle is also much smaller than the one I picked up at the craft store during my first week here, though much sharper and I think perhaps I prefer it. I signed up for the October class, so I’ll be sure to keep you up-to-stab!
A Tokyo local and interested in the sashiko class? They’re held monthly at Blue & White, 2-9-2 Azabu juban, Minato-ku, tel. 03 3451 0537