Pattern 5: Nowaki (Wild grasses)
I have chosen this week’s design wild grasses inspired by the grasses in my own garden being tossed around in the wind and rain today. Hopefully the sun will return soon.
I suggest you use a short sashiko needle for this design to help you get round the curves. You will also need a circular stencil to drawn around that measures 1 3/8”. It might be worth measuring a few things around the house like coins or cotton reels? If not you’ll need to get that compass out!
Mark out a ¾” grid on one of your squares on the sampler.
Use your circular template to draw on the design. I use this size template to accommodate the width of the drawn line. You can use the same template to mark the arcs for the grass. Notice that the second grass line finishes ¼” away from the vertical line.
There is a sensible order to work each motif and once you have completed the first two rows of semi-circles you’ll find it easy to complete the rest of the pattern.
Thread your needle with double thread and a knot on the end. Decide how many stitches you want to place along the shortest grass line. I have used four.
Leave a small loop at the back and stitch the second grass line. I used five stitches.
This gets you back to the beginning again and you can stitch across the whole semi-circle before repeating the process for the next motif. Oddly I found 13 stitches fitted just nicely but that’s up to you. Now that you have your formula you should try to repeat this each time to keep the pattern looking even.
I had enough thread to complete two more sections on the row below. I left that last corner until I had a short ish bit of thread left. Leave a small loop each time you make a turn so that you can pull the fabric out evenly at the end of an arc.
And there we are. I really like the effect the stitches have on the eye where they all meet in the corners.
I will choose my favourite and get in contact to send you your prize! The Prize winner will be revealed after I get back from the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham on Monday 15th August 2016. I shall be on the look out for some Sashiko goodies while I am there!
Enjoy your Sashiko stitching!