Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sashiko Embroidery

I am fond of crafts in general, but particularly inspired by Japanese Crafts. I covet the Japanese craft books, and routinely browse Amazon Japan and get inspired by all the beautiful photographs.

A few months ago, I saw the wonderful post on the Purl Bee about Sahiko embroidery,  and immediately felt like trying this type of embroidery. I love embroidering and love the simplicity of the Japanese designs.

I ordered a kit from the Purl Soho site, got it quickly, picked the thread, but as is often the case, unfortunately put it aside, and practically forgot about it, that is until last weekend.

You see, every weekend, Mr SockPixie, the children and I, go to Rockport to visit my parents, and spend the day at the beach. This last Saturday, I was in a hurry, and had no time to prepare my projects to bring with me. I was about to leave empty handed, when in the corner of my eye, I spotted the sahiko kit, all ready to embroider, on the shelf.

I did not think twice. I grabbed it. I am so glad I did! It was a perfect project for the beach, relaxed, and thoughtless, almost magical as a matter of fact. As I sat effortlessly embroidering, the pattern appeared.

I finished it last night. It will be a pillow for my bed as it matched the colors and geometric patterns of the quilt I finished recently so well.