This is my May attempt to Try Something New Every Month for 2015; you can see my other past projects and read more about TSNEM here. I tried a sashiko embroidery panel; check out lots of sashiko inspiration and tutorials in this post here.
It all started with a fabulous gift for my birthday, as evidenced by this Instagram photo (do you follow me there? please do!). I knew it was an embroidery kit, but had never heard of sashiko before. It’s a Japanese technique, often used to reinforce or repair garments, but often used decoratively as well – you can read more history on Wikipedia.
I searched around and skimmed a few tutorials – my favorite was at Sake Puppets. It was just the right amount of guidance for me to know what I ought to be doing.
I saved the kit for the end of my pregnancy when I was exhausted and continued it through the first month of my daughter’s birth. It was perfect in that I could stop, start, drop it and never “lose my place”. I will say that even with the preprinted stitches, mine are SO not even. Partially because I was often doing it in the half dark while the aforementioned daughter slept on me, partially because my son loves to “help”, and partially because I focused more on following the white lines than actually trying to make the stitches even and some of the lines wore off as I touched them.
It was really relaxing! Almost meditative. The sashiko thread my friend gave me was a cool multi-color skein, and I wasn’t sure how to use it in a way that would end up being symmetrical. So I just rolled with it.
I’m not sure what to do with the panel now, I’d love to hear any suggestions! It comes intended to become a pillow, but doesn’t really go with my decor. I’d love to make it into a gift – maybe a pouch? A tote panel? Let me know what you think!
See what other bloggers tried for TSNEM this month: