Embroidery Kits have long been my nemesis, all those detailed embroidery designs with their intricate stitches making things look lifelike are beyond me, I am in awe of true embroiderers, my skills are somewhat limited, borderline childlike!
So imagine my delight when I was introduced to Sashiko Embroidery at my local WI. At last, embroidery that I can manage.
Sashiko Embroidery uses running stitch to create a design, usually using white thread on navy fabric but you can use any colour. Sashiko means "little stabs" and refers to the small stitches used to create the embroidery design.
I created a block of four Shippou patterns and edged them in a running stitch border, the finished panel measured 30 x 30cm. It was easy to mark out using the Sashiko Embroidery clear plastic stencils and the ‘iron-away’ marker. It takes a few seconds for the ink to show after you have marked the fabric but it really does iron away, it is very clever.
I thoroughly enjoyed my Sashiko Embroidery, so much so that I ended up embroidering 20 separate panels and then joining them to make a bedspread which I backed with navy fleece.