Sashiko Sampler pattern 8

Sashiko Sampler pattern 8

Pattern 8: Fundo (Scale weights) I am going to post both of the last two patterns for this Sashiko sewalong this week to make up for my tardiness as my northern friends put it. This first design has a satisfying symmetry about it that we might recognise as an apple core design.  I thought it would be good to have another curvy design to complement the Wild Grasses design. Draw out a ½” grid on to one of your 3” squares of your sampler. You will also need a circular stencil to drawn around. This needs to measure just slightly less than 1”. Use your circular stencil or shape to draw in the diagonal lines in one direction alternating the concave and convex lines as shown Next draw in the diagonal lines in the other direction completing the shapes at the corners. I suggest you use a short sashiko needle for this design to help you get round the curves more easily. Thread your needle with double thread and a knot on the end. I have worked four stitches in each curved section. Stitch the diagonal lines in one direction first starting and finishing each row with a knot. I have left a small loop at each junction on the wrong side. Take care to leave an even gap at each junction so that the stitches do not collide when the next diagonal line of stitches cross this area. This is what it should look like when you have completed all the diagonal rows. Complete each of the four corners separately. Post pictures of your finished pattern to my...
Table Top Basket

Table Top Basket

I recently came across Solufleece from Vlieseline and when I was asked to design a project  for Popular Patchwork’s bag issue it seemed like an opportunity to explore the product. I was not disappointed and had enormous fun stitching and shrinking combinations of fabrics to test out its possibilities. It is a water soluble fabric and is excellent for creating open work for free motion embroidery. I have used it in another way here, sandwiched between layers of fabric to create a scrunched (crashing) effect. It can be washed out when you have finished however for this project I have left it in place so it helps provide support to the sides of the basket   Click here to read article from Popular Patchwork May...

Transfer Printing

This mini project makes use of Transfer paints that were originally designed to work with synthetic fabrics. Thanks to the product Transfix available from Colourcraft we can use them on 100% cotton fabrics as well. You can use the paints to create your design on paper before ironing onto your fabric. Follow the link to the article in Popular Patchwork Magazine January...