Sashiko ( 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. (Excerpt from Wikipedia.)
I have always been interested in Sashiko, since I made my East Meets West Quilt around 10 years ago. I love to incorporate a bit of sashiko into my projects. For Mothers Day, I was given a lovely book “Sashiko Zakka”. It incorporates sashiko into many lovely projects, and has a mix of traditional and modern designs.
I read somewhere that the stitches represent little grains of rice. I love how a little bit of stitching can transform anotherwise plain object.
This tea cosy and matching coasters is seriously cute!
The stitching works well for running writing.
Like most Japanese craft books it can be easily followed from the pictures and diagrams. I bought my copy here.
Terri has done a great book review of Sandi Henderson’s new book, Sewing with Scraps. You can read the review and see some pictures here. It looks so good I have ordered a copy with some birthday money! (I seem to have a weakness for sewing books and magazines) and could always use more inspiration of projects to use my scraps!
Sarah and I used the random number generator to select the winner of our Cupcake giveaway (Baking papers and cupcake box). Congratulations to Natalie – We have sent you an email.
We are happy to announce that we have a new sponsor for May – Scrapsidaisy – a great shop selling Inspiration Kits which are compiled by their Design Team exclusively for Scrapsidaisy along with the latest in scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies. If you mention A Spoonful of Sugar when placing an order, you will receive a free gift! For more information on this great store, read about it in our Sponsor page or hop on over to Scrapsidaisy.