Tag: embroidery

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!

Red Work Embroidery

I’m not sure if these all should be considered embroidery samplers or embroidery doodles, but I do know I’m having fun.

I don’t plan or draw anything in advance. The Red Work Chics just evolve as I take needle and thread to antique flannel.
Each chick is weighted so it can easily make its own stand.
Swedish Fish! These are each filled with organic french lavender.
The Swedish Fish are designed to be hung or used as bowl fillers. Serve them up your way.
Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Join us Saturday, October 21st for our next Bee in the Barn.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or any other type of crafter, please join us.

Free Parking

The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main Street, Rowley, MA

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Join us Saturday, August 12th for our next Bee in the Barn.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or any other type of crafter, please join us.

Free Parking

The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main Street, Rowley, MA

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Our first Saturday Bee was a big hit, so we are sticking with it!  Please join us Saturday, June 17th for our next Bee in the Barn.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or any other type of crafter, please join us.

The Barn at Todd Farm, 275 Main Street, Rowley, MA

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

Bee in The Barn at Todd Farm

We are shaking things up and having the next Bee on Saturday, May 20th.  Bring a handwork project and come enjoy the company of other makers surrounded by all the beautiful art, antiques, and home decor The Barn at Todd Farm has to offer.  This a fun family event that is free and open to everyone.  Whether you are a knitter, quilter, jeweler, rug hooker, or whatever is your craft of choice, please join us.