I love hand stitching. It makes me happy.
After taking the Making Zen course last month, I got excited to try Sashiko stitching — a traditional Japanese art used to mend clothing. But since then, it has evolved.
I knew I needed a loosely woven fabric (nothing like this in my stash of quilting cottons!) so I ordered African mud cotton cloth to see if that would work. It was too thick. So I ended up working on some linen and this fabric was perfect. I had to back it with some freezer paper so I could mark a grid without the fabric moving.
I used a Frixion pen to make the marks since it disappeared when I ironed it (it doesn't say that in the package instructions but believe me, it worked!)
I used a combination of traditional Sashiko cotton thread and pearl cotton. Both worked well.
What am I going to do with these samples? Have no idea but I'm just loving the process. Knowing how I work, I need to make many of these before an idea forms in my head. In the meantime, I'm enjoying hand stitching on linen!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!