This week's circle has been stitched using Japanese sashiko embroidery. Sashiko means 'little stabs' and it was traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, mainly white stitches onto indigo blue dyed garments. Today, it is mainly used as a decoration and in many different colours.
Although the stitch used is a simple running stitch, the patterns can be quite intricate geometric patterns. I've used a mixture of straight lines and fish-scale-like half-circles. To mark out the design, I used an aqua marker that disappears when you spray water on it.
This photo was taken before the pen marks were removed.
I used Gutermann top stitch thread for this circle.
It didn't take that long to stitch this week's circle but the simple running stitch is very therapeutic to sew. You do need to concentrate on getting your stitches even, but that's part of the joy of stitching something like this. I can see a larger piece of sashiko work being done!
Even the back of the work looks quite good!
If you've not done any sashiko before, have a try. You'll need a ruler and a marker of some description (the aqua marker works best for me) and then let your imagination run wild (or there's lots of patterns on Pinterest to choose from).
I'll be back on Tuesday.