…last week was the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace.
|Dazed crafters in front of the Ally Pally organ|
I went with my friend Janey (a truly marvellous quilter and excellent accomplice in stash building). This meant I didn’t only fondle wool and fleeces, but also had a good look at the beautiful fabrics on sale. I was quite dazed what with all the yarn fumes, early start and low caffeination levels, which I think is how I ended up with some sewing.
Euro Japan Links had Shonai Sashiko Samplers on sale. I thought, what’s the harm? It can’t possibly be as addictive as e.g. sock knitting. How wrong could I be. Two evenings later the sampler is finished and I Want More. Started on Saturday night, by Sunday morning I had this:
|Two panels down, two to go…|
|I am sure it shouldn’t be this wobbly|
These four stitches are from top left: Rice Stitch (my favourite), Persimmon Flower Stitch, Fish Scale Stitch, and Hemp Leaf Stitch.
It all went pretty well for the first three, but the Hemp Leaf panel is a bit skewed (maybe the strange music was to blame):
The wonky Hemp Leaf panel is driving me a bit insane. I keep telling myself it’s a sampler so it’s practice. But it might have to be re-done all the same. I think I also need to stitch a bit less tightly as the sampler did become increasingly puckered as I filled it up.
I found the process of stitching Sashiko really calming and quite meditative. I can’t say I’ve ever found the same with counted cross-stitch (usually, that makes me want to cry). So I am off now to buy the other two samplers.
There is more about Sashiko here: http://www.designbyaika.com/what-is-sashiko/