New thermofax screen – Sashiko stitching

I am currently enamoured with all things Japanese. I am re-learning the language, forty years after I first did an intensive 12 month course, and I have a trip planned for later this year. So I wasn’t surprised to notice that a number of the new screens I have made recently have a distinctly Japanese theme to them.

Sashiko stitching is a traditional style of running stitch usually done in white on an indigo background. I must confess that traditional sashiko just doesn’t appeal to me much – the traditional designs are very precise and orderly. While many people find repetition and symmetry pleasing in designs, I am afraid I am not one of them. To me, same, orderly = predictable = boring, no matter how artfully executed. I like eccentricity and asymmetry – it takes far too much effort to be perfect!

sashiko-scallops-on-indigo

sashiko-scallops

thermofax screen sashiko stitching
zippered pouch with ‘sashiko’ stitching

So I took a traditional sashiko clamshell design and in Adobe Illustrator, drew free-hand clamshells then used a seed stitch brush to simulate the stitches. I turned this into a thermofax screen, and voila – instant, quirky sashiko ‘stitching’. I made a zippered pouch of the fabric, and backed it with some complementary Japanese patchwork fabric.sashiko-zippered-pouch-back
thermofax 'sashiko' stitching

I played with the idea a bit and made a few more designs, including a traditional hexagon, some random, wavy stitching lines and then interspersed straight lines with circles. These remind of of the sand/gravel gardens at at temple in places like Kyoto.
sashiko-stone-gardensashiko-hexagons

I have printed these onto some indigo fabric that I dyed using 60% reduced indigo from KraftKolour in Melbourne. A very quick and easy way to get into indigo dyeing if you would like to give it a go. These pieces only had one dip in the vat, so aren’t very dark, but I like this shade of blue.

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I’m baaaack!

Dear me, I am not quite sure why I go missing in action from time to time.  This has been a particularly long absence, but yes, I am still alive.  I have had a steady flow of thermofax screen orders recently, so people are obviously finding the site, despite my inactivity.  If you are wondering, yes I still provide a custom screen service.

2016-AHQ-label

My first screen of the year, as always was for the 2016 label for Aussie Hero Quilts.  I have sent off about 30 of these already. Of course not everyone uses my labels, many people make their own, but there are obviously some people who appreciate having someone else take care of that little detail, so I am happy to help, especially as it is such a good cause.

I made 11 AHQ quilts in 2015 and quilted six made by others.  So far this year I have one nearly finished and two waiting to be quilted.  I will gradually update the AHQ quilt gallery with the photos.