Most of us here at the shop enjoy a bit of handwork occasionally. (I myself will admit to being pretty much obsessive about it.) Like knitting, or yoga, hand sewing can be a great way to slow down, focus, and breathe. Whether I am finishing a quilt binding, hemming a skirt, or adding a touch of embroidery, it is always when I feel most connected to a project. Lately I have been relaxing with a bit of sashiko stitching in the evenings.
Sashiko is a traditional Japanese form of hand embroidery which uses a very simple running stitch to create patterns inspired by nature and geometric forms. Some people feel a bit intimidated by all the fancy stitches that are possible with embroidery, but I really think that if you have two or three embroidery stitches in your arsenal, you can do just about any embroidery design. Sashiko refines that even further to one basic stitch. The rhythm is soothing and the results are so clean and modern. We carry sashiko floss, needles, and printed samplers which you could use to create a bag, a pillow, or anything else you can dream up.
If you can’t make it into the shop, check out our shiny new online store for your sashiko supplies. And always remember to keep your stitch arm strong!