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Boro Style Sashiko Stitched Pillow

Boro Style Sashiko Stitched Pillow

It’s a new year, and I’m trying new things.  Boro style textiles have captured my imagination, and sashiko stitching can easily be embraced by those of us who are daunted by the skill and precision of traditional American dainty little quilting stitches.  I’ve received such a positive reaction to my first piece and have gotten many questions, so I’m just going to lay out my process here.  And remember, I have no idea what I’m doing.  I’m just doing, and this was my first piece.  I have graduated to my second, however, for whatever grandeur that might lend to my resume.

I started by gathering a selection of fabrics—new, old, antique, quilt squares, etc. that I thought might work well together. I know this sounds easy, but I spent the better part of an afternoon rearranging, editing, and changing up the whole thing.
When it was time to go make dinner, this is where things were at. Then I walked away for the night so I could look at it with fresh eyes in the morning.  Still happy then, I pinned everything down thoroughly.
This is a wee bit out of order, but I layered all my random top pieces over a foundation fabric the size I wanted my finished piece to be plus seam allowance. I happened to be using a vintage cloth napkin my husband deemed unacceptable as it resembled a torn up sheet, but you could use anything in your stash including an actual torn up sheet… Just don’t make it too thick because you will be stitching through it in addition to all your other top layers.  It’s a little different than what I did here, but I would recommend first starting with a row of running stitches around the entire perimeter of the piece.  After that, anything goes.
Then I just started stitching. Imperfect running stitches based on whim or influenced by the piece of fabric I was stitching over. Sashiko means “little stabs”, so just go at it and don’t worry about anything. I jumped all over the piece, stitching where I felt like in no particular order.
So that’s really it. I finished the first piece there and made it into an oversized pillow. This piece is now my second venture into the technique.

Happy Stitching!

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Join us Saturday, October 20th from 1-4:pm. Bring a handwork project and a friend. Looking forward to seeing you! This is a free social gathering open to all with a love of creating and/or good companionship.

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Join us Saturday, July 28th from 1-4:pm. Bring a handwork project and a friend. Looking forward to seeing you! This is a free social gathering open to all with a love of creating and/or good companionship.

Vintage Bazaar New England – June 2018

Vintage Bazaar New England – June 2018

Held outdoors and indoors on the 100 acre CUMBERLAND FAIRGROUNDS in Cumberland, Maine, Vintage Bazaar of New England will leave you wanting more! Over 200 vendors, from across the country, will feature antiques, vintage finds, architectural salvage, rusty junk, repurposed goodies, indie crafts and one-of-a-kind crafts. Eye-candy galore around every corner!  And I’ll be there!

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Join us Saturday, May 19th from 1-4:pm. Bring a handwork project and a friend. Looking forward to seeing you! This is a free social gathering open to all with a love of creating and/or good companionship.

Primitive Trencher

Primitive Trencher

We are renovating an old farmhouse.  There is a lot of very cool stuff ending up in the dumpster.  So, yeah.  I’m the crazy lady dumpster diving in her own dumpster to salvage cool things.  I also needed a way to display a new yarn I’m designing with AND I was home alone with the workshop all to myself.  So I made a Primitive Trencher.  This is the first of several that ended up happening…

Doesn’t it look like I know what I’m doing??
Clamp-ons.

Wax on.
Complete. The perfect yarn trencher for Loch Lomond, a beautiful and very earth-friendly yarn by BC Garn. Both the Trencher and the Yarn are available at The Barn at Todd Farm in Rowley, Ma.