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August 27, 2017

this sashiko pattern was a pleasure to stitch

it is called Shippo-Tsunagi or linked flower crests

the stitching is done in lengthwise chains

working rhythmically, back and forth, from right to left

not in circles as one might expect and the stitching goes quite quickly

the weavers are back to work

inside and out

inlay on plain weave

it is going more quickly than I expected

the warp is all handspun

2 ply silk and camel with a contrasting thread of 2 ply quivet and 120/2 silk

(still working on the stash!)

the inlay is also handspun silk

very fine, so as not to distort the fabric

production weaving is not my “thing”

I love getting my fingers in the threads

and constantly thinking what comes next

while pruning the grape-vine I left a pile of leaves in the sun for a couple of days

fantastic colour scheme – would make a wonderful warm, wooly blanket

and a lucky find at the secondhand shop

two lacquerware sake cups, never used, still in their original boxes

few people here understand the craft and think it is plastic

the selling price is ridiculous


10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2017 3:59 am

    Such a lot of loveliness! The inlay work is gorgeous and so is the sashiko–the bits of applique (?) really add a lot!


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    August 28, 2017 4:56 am

    the inlay is quite lovely,; and you must have the best ever junque shoppes!


    • August 28, 2017 7:43 am

      Velma – the inlay is going to take some time – 2 scarves! Unfortunately the junk stores are mainly full of junk, seems to be what people are looking for.

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      • vdbolyard permalink
        August 30, 2017 6:57 am

        i come away from garage sales with old cotton sheets, napkins, curtains, and maybe a leather bag or funky office supplies… my treasure! but you’re right, so much junk. best if it gets used, though. better if it hadn’t been manufactured in the first place.


      • August 30, 2017 8:35 am

        Velma – I think people are trying to be responsible but you are right, our consumer society is out of control.


  3. Kristin permalink
    August 27, 2017 7:08 pm

    I loved everything in this post! I also enjoy stitching that sashiko pattern. You used your beautiful handspun silk in such a wonderful way. I must try the inlay…I’ve wanted to for a while now. So lucky the lacquer find, they are gorgeous! I’m a little jealous 😉


    • August 27, 2017 10:34 pm

      Kristin – I’m going to do the sashiko pattern again, it really pleased me. The inlay is pleasing also. I almost left the sake cups but the price was so low – $6 for the 2 that I couldn’t leave them. Hope you are having a good summer.


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