vacuumingthelawn.blogspot.com for the inspiration! I have been following her lovely work on some sashiko projects on her blog and decided to give it a try : ). I got the supplies from www.snugglymonkey.com who sells sashiko supplies and kits as well as other craft supplies on Etsy. I was able to get everything I needed from the Snuggly Monkey site : ). If anyone has got a favorite source for supplies I'd love to hear about it. The kit is a dragon fly pattern that is stamped on the fabric and as you can tell I decided to use a blue thread. The kits info was all printed in Japanese and since I couldn't read it I relied on good old Youtube for some helpful info. One of the things I learned browsing on youtube is how to prepare your thread prior to stitching so that you can use it without getting it all tangled up. You take the thread out of the package and open it up which is basically like cotton embroidery thread so it is like on big skein of thread. You cut open the loop/skein at one end and then gently braid the skein all the way down. You can see the blue braided thread hanging in the picture. So all you have to do is gently tug on one thread at the top loop (top of the braid) as you need it and pull it out of the braid. This to me as a cosmetologist is already a winner : ). So I think I'll be braiding all my embroidery threads like this in the future. I couldn't resist the yellow and orange threads when I ordered the kit so those will be used on a future project. Also, I got a thimble as you can see tacked up with a pic of how you wear it on your hand. I didn't find that I needed it for doing the sashiko stitching but I'm sure it will come in handy at some point. It's a clever thimble.
www.creativebug.com and when she came out with a book I was excited and had to get it. I really like the book. In the background is one of the samplers Rebecca has on her Etsy sight for sale. The sampler uses all the stitches she teaches you in her Creativebug class. Also, in her book she suggests using various types of textiles for your embroidery, such as old embroidery pieces, vintage napkins etc. I like this idea so I've been gathering a few things I've found in the thrift to use for later projects. Here you see two napkins and a hot pink pillow case to be used in later projects.
Till next time,
TTFN : )