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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!

Sashiko Embroidered Boro Pillow

Sashiko Embroidered Boro Pillow

Sashiko Embroidered Boro Pillow, $285

I’m just gonna say it.  I’m super pleased with how this sashiko embroidered pillow came out.  Styled after Japanese Boro textiles, works like this make certain that nothing in the studio goes to waste.  The smallest scraps prove a useful and artful purpose.  For a truly multi-cultural fiber experience, I included the Dala Horse motif as part of the imagery and pattern.  The fabrics include antique quilt squares and cottons, recycled denim, and homespun cotton.  Bordered and backed with antique European homespun linen, this generous pillow is is filled with the highest quality stuffing I could find.

To see this piece in the shop, click here.

Operation Cheesecake: aka Kitchen Applique

Operation Cheesecake

One of the things I’ve learned in marrying in to an enormous family is that there is always a good excuse for a party.  While catering was never on my list of things to accomplish, I find my over-riding need to make pretty things overflows the studio and into the kitchen.  The party in question??  A Bon Voyage for a bros-in-law who’s headed off to med school.  Obviously, a medical theme was required.  Me being me, out came templates and exacto knives, tweezers and clippers.  While never having worked with fondant before, I was sure that if I approached this as I would a penny rug or quilt, I’d achieve a modicum of success.  Hubby and I tested and practiced, and scratched the Red Velvet cake when we discovered a dislike of chocolate in the honored guest.  A New Your style cheesecake (the first I’ve ever made!), became the unusual foundation for my stitch and bitch culinary session in the kitchen.

And it was fun.  And it was yum.

Puttin' the Fun in Yum.