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Kokuu
06-11-2020, 04:24 PM
Dear all

I think it might have been Meitou who shared with me the practice of Sashiko stitching and this is something I have been working with during lockdown, making a cushion cover: https://postimg.cc/gwQ3pQFG

The stitching itself is pretty much the same as we use for a Rakusu but instead following geometric patterns. For the cushion I used this book but there are plenty of websites of patterns and projects: https://postimg.cc/D8xgDCZw

The pattern itself is achieved by drawing a grid on the fabric with tailor's chalk: https://postimg.cc/H84MQLJL

After sharing this with my Japanese American friend Cristina, who is a huge crafter (well, she is actually quite small but you get what I mean!), she told me about Boro patchwork (https://www.heddels.com/2015/08/all-about-boro-story-japanese-patchwork/), which was used in 19th and 20th century Japan to repair clothes and other textiles with small scraps of fabric before, sadly, repaired items started to be view more as shameful than a noble tradition of using what you have.

Anyway, this seems to be returning in popularity as a craft, and even in high fashion.

I made a small needle case: A (n 19th and 20th century Japan) B (https://postimg.cc/tsg6xp9X) C (https://postimg.cc/SYp829x5) D (https://postimg.cc/4msVXpMH)

And tote bag: https://postimg.cc/XpLFqpSH

Heidi Iverson at Honey Folk Clothing provides a free pattern for making a small drawstring bag: https://www.honeyfolkclothing.com/shop/honey-folk-patchwork-pouch-pattern


Anyway, just some ideas for crafters out there who I am sure will outdo me in terms of their efforts. At present I am trying to think of more practical projects.


Gassho
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

Shinshi
06-11-2020, 04:53 PM
Dear all

I think it might have been Meitou who shared with me the practice of Sashiko stitching and this is something I have been working with during lockdown, making a cushion cover: https://postimg.cc/gwQ3pQFG

The stitching itself is pretty much the same as we use for a Rakusu but instead following geometric patterns. For the cushion I used this book but there are plenty of websites of patterns and projects: https://postimg.cc/D8xgDCZw

The pattern itself is achieved by drawing a grid on the fabric with tailor's chalk: https://postimg.cc/H84MQLJL

After sharing this with my Japanese American friend Cristina, who is a huge crafter (well, she is actually quite small but you get what I mean!), she told me about Boro patchwork (https://www.heddels.com/2015/08/all-about-boro-story-japanese-patchwork/), which was used in 19th and 20th century Japan to repair clothes and other textiles with small scraps of fabric before, sadly, repaired items started to be view more as shameful than a noble tradition of using what you have.

Anyway, this seems to be returning in popularity as a craft, and even in high fashion.

I made a small needle case: A (n 19th and 20th century Japan) B (https://postimg.cc/tsg6xp9X) C (https://postimg.cc/SYp829x5) D (https://postimg.cc/4msVXpMH)

And tote bag: https://postimg.cc/XpLFqpSH

Heidi Iverson at Honey Folk Clothing provides a free pattern for making a small drawstring bag: https://www.honeyfolkclothing.com/shop/honey-folk-patchwork-pouch-pattern


Anyway, just some ideas for crafters out there who I am sure will outdo me in terms of their efforts. At present I am trying to think of more practical projects.


Gassho
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

That is fascinating Kokuu. Lovely work, really nice.

I find Boro to be really intriguing. I'll have to learn more.

Our next project is trying our hand at natural dyes. First stop indigo. My wife is going to try some Shibori and I am going to dye the material for a new Kesa. At least that is the goal. :)

Gassho,

Shinshi

Kotei
06-11-2020, 04:53 PM
Wow, these are really beautiful.
I think the needle case is something, I might try too.
Although totally different, the geometric patterns remind me on Origami folding patterns (how the paper looks after unfolding it again),
they may be a nice model.

Thanks for showing!
Gassho,
Kotei sta/lah today.

Cooperix
06-11-2020, 06:26 PM
SO beautiful Kokuu! The gentle repeated movements of the hand in hand stitching is so soothing and quite freeing. A lovely art form. We should do a 'expressing creativity- sewing' in the art circle.
Making so many face masks over the last few months got me back interested in fabric and sewing. I don't know anything about Shashiko stitchery...so thanks for this. I love, love the tiny needle case!

Gassho.
Anne

~lahst~

Naiko
06-11-2020, 10:14 PM
What beautiful work, Kokuu! Thank you for sharing. I appreciate Japanese crafts like sashiko, boro and shibori dyeing. There is a boro exhibit on display now at the Japan Society in New York. There are video tours on YouTube: https://www.japansociety.org/page/programs/gallery/boro-textiles
Gassho,
Krista
st/lah

Yokai
06-17-2020, 02:04 AM
Thanks for sharing your creations Kokuu.

The art of sewing is a brave new world for me, but a beautiful one gassho1

Gassho Chris stlah

Meitou
06-17-2020, 07:01 AM
SO beautiful Kokuu! The gentle repeated movements of the hand in hand stitching is so soothing and quite freeing. A lovely art form. We should do a 'expressing creativity- sewing' in the art circle.
Making so many face masks over the last few months got me back interested in fabric and sewing. I don't know anything about Shashiko stitchery...so thanks for this. I love, love the tiny needle case!

Gassho.
Anne

~lahst~

Yes let's do that Anne, I love this art, although so far Kokuu has totally shamed me, I've made nothing as I put everything on hold during lockdown rather than become productive, although I did hand sew some masks. Still living the lockdown life which I loved and has given me a whole new perspective, but I really need to get back to doing some of this. Perhaps I'll try some embellishments on masks I make for the winter period.
I love these examples Kokuu, the needle case is just perfect, and I'm wondering that when we get around to doing that part of the Expressing Creativity project, you could write a tutorial on how you made that, it would be a great project to start with.
Thank you
Gassho
Meitou
Sattoday lah

Hoseki
06-17-2020, 01:05 PM
Hi folks,

Sometimes I watch this YouTube channel about sashiko stitching.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCraGC2n7qN31FlQSvXYI0JA/featured

Gassho
Sattoday
Hoseki

Kokuu
06-17-2020, 03:12 PM
I love these examples Kokuu, the needle case is just perfect, and I'm wondering that when we get around to doing that part of the Expressing Creativity project, you could write a tutorial on how you made that, it would be a great project to start with.

I would be happy to, although it was rather made up!



Sometimes I watch this YouTube channel about sashiko stitching.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCra...YI0JA/featured

Oh, that's wonderful! Thank you, Hoseki!


Gassho
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

Kotei
06-28-2020, 06:24 PM
Kokuu,

thank you again for the idea of sewing items for sewing ;-).
I attached a picture of my first attempt. Still a lot of practice needed for even stitching. I guess my Kesa sewing will benefit from this practice, too.
Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

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Jinyo
06-29-2020, 09:24 AM
What a lovely thread ! Thanks for the pics and links.
Apart from the garden I seem to have been fairly unproductive during lockdown,
maybe sewing would be a good way to get some creativity flowing?

Gassho

Jinyo

Kokuu
06-29-2020, 02:39 PM
Kotei, that is a wonderful pin cushion!

I made one too although I think yours is much nicer!

Pin cushion 1 (https://postimg.cc/SJM3wFN4)
Pin cushion 2 (https://postimg.cc/w3PnfTzF)


Gassho
Kokuu
-sattoday/lah-

Kotei
07-01-2020, 07:52 AM
Kokuu,
all your works, shown here, have such a wonderful 'wabi-sabi' feeling to them. gassho2
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Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

Onka
07-01-2020, 08:01 AM
Hoseki talking about sewing his Kesa has temporarily erased the experience of sewing my Rakusu so much so that I'm tempted to pick up the needle and thread again. This is a terrific thread *boom tish*
Gassho
Onka
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