Saturday, April 10, 2010

Japanese Sashiko Stitching

Sashiko stitching has been for four centuries and it was used to reinforce kimono fabrics. Now it became so popular as decorative stitches for its relaxing therapy. For Thursday I prepared sakura - cherry flower pattern from Susan Briscoe's Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match book.

I think this is the best time to teach this pattern because now in Japan sakura is blossoming. Many Japanese would go to parks to sit under cherry trees and have their picnics or just enjoy life.

But before Cinzia showed us her new pillow case and notebook cover.

Ursula finished her a piece of art and gave us a little tip how to make this kind of quilt.

This is Ursula's sakura flower. She used her sewing machine.

This is Susan's hand stitched flower. She really pleased with the result but she kept saying that she has to work on corners.

We had a guest from Italy. She is Cinzia's mother visiting her family during Easter. Sorry, I have forgotten to ask her name.

Photos and text Javhlan

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