Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Now then, it's not often I think of a a thing to do and then do it within a week. However, a miracle seems to have happened, and lo, the sashiko embroidery of the last post is now a cushion, thanks mainly to the long ad breaks in 'Lewis' and my being able to find everything I needed to do this almost without trying (almost):


I had some slightly paler blue fabric (I say some, it's about the size of a single bed sheet - there may be a lot of blue cushions ahead) than the indigo dyed stuff the embroidery was done on. I cut four strips to border the panel and machine sewed them on:

I think I got away with the paler blue fabric with my sashiko border being pale blue, which already set the white 'Blowing Pampas Grass' pattern off nicely:

I put a backing in the same blue fabric on the embroidery panel and sewn side strips to stop them from rubbing on the cushion pad and possibly unravelling, and then sewed the whole thing into a cover. I can't be doing with zips so the bit the pad goes into is an overlap, just like a pillow case. I find if you make this overlap quite large, and double turn the hems it keeps the pad in just as well as a zip, without the trauma of sewing in said zip!:

I'm really proud of this piece of work. Here it is on the stripey throw from Spain (I think it came from Bubion, Andalucia)...:

...and again, nestled on the little sofa with a melodeon and a rams and yowes. Which is where I'm headed now.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Second Sashiko

After my sashiko experiment brought on by the textile fumes of the Knitting and Stitching show, I bought myself another kit. This one is a pre-printed cotton square from Cotton Patch in the 'Blowing Pampas Grass' design:

I started it a while ago now, but it got put away to make time for some deadline knitting, but even deadline knitting cannot stand in the way of excruciating knitting-related RSI, so it came out again this week as an alternative to the yarn and needles.

I have finished the other half of it pretty quickly. This time I used an embroidery hoop to help with the puckering I had on the first sampler I did. I'm not sure if this is how it's supposed to be done but it worked for me!

I decided to buy some variegated blue thread for the border, and it's worked really well:

At the back you just tie off the threads when you're finished on a section. I suspect there is a method for the order in which to sew the pattern, but I made it up as I went, eventually deciding to do all the big arcs at once, and fill in the wispy bits after:

I love this so simple method (running stitch is the first thing we're ever taught when learning to sew, surely) giving such a stunning effect - especially in the blue and white combination - when it's finished:

Next step is to add on a border (I have lots of blue fabric) to make this large enough for a cushion pad, it'll probably need a friend or two as well. But I might come up with my own design for those.