Embroidery : Japanese Stitching known as Sashiko

I admire embroidery but it is not what I can master. Since I cannot manage embroidery I have to ‘retry’ with the simplest form – running stitch. It seem so simple yet can be so beautiful, it is Sashiko.

A lucky start of my journey began with two English books I had borrowed from the Singapore Public Library. One is titled “The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook” ISBN 13:978-0-7153-1847-8 by Susan Briscoe (in English) and the other titled “Japanese Sashiko Inspirations” ISBN 13:978-0-7153-2641-1 by Susan Briscoe

Books about Sashiko in English by Susan Briscoe suppliesI was just wondering where I could buy the craft supplies and they ‘found’ me instead when I was window shopping and came across a quilt shop. My Sasihiko supply : a 3-piece Needle Set at SDG $10.50, 2 Sasihiko Thread each pack priced at SDG $5.00. All items from “Quilts N Calicoes Shop” at Tanglin Mall, Singapore.

Hopefully with more patience gathered through aging I could set my mind and heart to perfect this form of embroidery. If I make headway and progress, the embroidery work will be updated on my blog.

Trivia on Sashiko [Text from Wikipedia] Sashiko (刺し子 , literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally 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.

Sashiko : “Water Surface” Kit by The Purl Bee This is an online journal devoted to beautiful materials, tools for knitting, sewing, quilting and other crafts.

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