[sewing] [embroidery] Sashiko bag

Finally finished! It took me ages to finish this bag, though the actual embroidery itself wasn’t that long to do. Had I been working on it more regularly, it would have been finished ages ago. I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself though, otherwise what’s the point of a craft?

Doing these three panels, I discovered I prefered curvy patterns rather than lines: the process is funnier and the result suits me best. I’ll have to remember that when planning for my bedspread (you know, the one I aim to finish before 2020). So now I have another knitting bag, of an intermediate size: perfect for a few balls of yarn and a knitting magazine – exactly what I need for my baby knitting. Can you tell I love my new bag?

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My preferred one is the top one!

[embroidery] Sashiko again

Even if my sewing has slowed down a little the last few weeks I still have plenty of things to show you, but not yet. I also would like to share with you my findings at the latest fabric festival (Stoffenspektakel !) that we attended last weekend. I went with my two friends Lucy and Catherine and we spent a little money and had a great time together fondling the fabrics. We also bought some notions and and helped Lucy find some basic equipment as she’s starting to sew. It’s wonderful to have a new addict with us !
But now I have another kind of work in progress to show you. A few months ago I shared my first attempt at Sashiko and in the meantime I have thought about something easy I could stitch for training. Of course it had to be a knitting bag. I chose three different patterns and organise them in panels, I have nearly finished the second one. I’m planning to make a very basic knitting bag: a simple rectangle with handles. I’m not working on it very regularly so I don’t know when it will be finished. I think I treat embroidery and Sashiko as I do spinning: it’s an occasional activity that I sometimes feel the urge to do (I haven’t touched my spinning wheel in months now).

I really love the simple lines of Sachiko as well as the two contrasting colours. One day maybe I will be brave or patient enough to make a bedspread (or do you say bedcover?)

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[embroidery] Normal service will resume shortly

Yes, I’m finally on holidays and at home for the most part, it means I can get back to my sewing machine! I did sew a few items during the weekends over the past months but haven’t had time to photograph them or even blog about them. So they will probably appear here in between newer stuff.

Sashiko swatching

Strange thing is, now I have time to sew, I don’t know where to start! I’m slightly overwhelmed: I have plenty of ideas but can’t get round to even pulling out a pattern. I want to make the most of my time at home but instead of that I seem to be wasting this time! Oh well, I’ll try not to be too hard on myself.

Above is something I haven’t technically started yet because I needed to practice before engaging time and effort in it. Since I discovered sashiko, I wanted to try; I really like embroidery but am not much into cross stitch: I prefer simple lines and colours and sashiko seems to suit my tastes a lot.

sashiko needles (very long) and sashiko thread in my tin box from last easter – isn’t it cute?

I’ve started by doing a kind of swatch: I won’t be doing anything with this at all but it helped me practice regularity of the stitches and make progress on corners. Corners are important in sashiko and there is a preferred way to do them.

Practicing corners on the smaller squares

Inspiration and motifs come from this book: The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook by Susan Briscoe. It has beautiful stitch patterns and clear instructions on where to start when you’re an absolute beginner like me.


If you’re interested in this kind of embroidery, I really recommend this book : I probably won’t use all the patterns but there are so many that the book will keep me occupied a long time before I need to move on to something else.