Upcoming Sashiko Classes for April 2017

Quick update – Two Sashiko for Beginners classes are coming up in April in Alameda, CA. Click through to see descriptions of the classes and order tickets online.  Sashiko Boro – Japanese Traditional Patching with Scraps Sunday, April 9 from 1pm to 4pm at The ReCrafting Co. Simply Sashiko – Japanese Traditional Stitching for Beginners Sunday,…

Schedule for April 2015

It’s spring here in California… actually, we skipped winter altogether so it’s been spring since February, but I digress. Spring is time for new projects, cleaning out the stash, and learning new techniques. Here’s where you can find me in April: NO MEETING for the Bay Area Sashiko Workshop in April. Our first Sunday of…

Olympus Wagara cotton sashiko sampler project part 2

Here we go, on to the fun stuff. The magic of Persimmon Flower — Kaki no Hana (柿の花) — is how it evolves. Like an actual blossom, it starts off simple and innocuous, then blooms into something wonderful. And it’s all about the math; if you want the blossoms to be bigger or smaller, you adjust…

Stitch Magazine Winter Gifts Issue 2012 Goldwork Fukusa

Well, hello again and Happy New Year, Stitch fans! I’m happy to announce my latest appearance with the fabulous Stitch Winter Gifts Issue 2012. This issue is crammed full of seasonal gift and craft ideas, and I’ve tossed my hat into the ring once again with a traditional Japanese textile project that you can make…

A little sashiko video selection

Poking around YouTube today, I found these videos featuring sashiko. Each one is only a few minutes long, and helpful if you are just starting out, or want to see how others hold needle, thread and cloth. Despite finding very particular directions in every Japanese and English how-to book on sashiko, I’ve found that each…

Upcoming events

Northern California Bay Area stitchers, mark your calendars for March 1, 2010. I will be leading a textile talk and trunk show for the Valley Stitchers and Fiber Arts Guild in Pleasant Hill, CA, to be followed by a hands-on sashiko class. I will provide more details closer to the date. If you are not…

Hinagata doll kimono kits

After four years, numerous prototypes and much procrastination, I have finally finished a basic kit for hinagata (“miniature”) kimono. When I set out to complete a kit myself and document each step, I found it easier than I remembered to sew everything together! Maybe the fabric choice made a difference. Previously I’ve used vintage kimono…

Happy Gregorian New Year

Personally, I’m holding off the big New Year celebrations until Chinese New Year on January 26, 2009. Once the Year of the Rat is over, I’ll breathe a sigh of relief. January 1 also marks the one year anniversary of this blog. One year ago my life was simpler and I had an idea of…