Whether you are new to sashiko or have enjoyed this Japanese stitching technique for years, I hope you will find something to inspire you on this site.
I was introduced to traditional sashiko nearly two decades ago when I bought vintage Japanese fabrics online from Kimono Flea Market Ichiroya in Tondabayashi City, Osaka. The site had many unfamiliar terms describing the fabrics: Kasuri, Ikat, Shibori, Katazome, Sakiori and Sashiko. I had a lot to learn. But once I bought my first Japanese Sashiko Sampler from a company based in the Pacific Northwest – Shibori Dragon – I was hooked.
Dozens of Sashiko samplers later, I was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico and used sashiko techniques to stitch designs inspired by the southwest landscape, cactus and diverse cultural images. Friends encouraged me to share my designs with other sashiko enthusiasts. Sashiko Southwest is the result.
One group of my designs is called DESERT GARDEN. Although I draw are very stylized cactus, I see dozens of real cactus every day – thanks to my husband. He’s been a member of the International Cactus & Succulent Society for more than thirty years and has managed to grow cactus no matter where we lived – even in our 14th floor condo just north of Chicago.
Some of our cactus are in pots. We have to bring them indoors in the winter so they don’t freeze. Some are jungle cactus that have exotic flowers that bloom at night.
We also grow succulents. One type of succulent is called stapeliads. They have large flowers that are pollinated by flies who are attracted to odors resembling dung of rotting meat –
so the flowers emmit a fragrance resemblling rotting animal carcasses, leading to their popular name of Carrion Flowers. Please note, all stapeliads do not attract flies or smell bad.
My SOUTHWEST GRAPHICS designs were inspired by traditional Native American art forms developed for centuries by cultures in the Southwest (New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah and Nevada) – pots, weavings, baskets and textiles are embelished with stylized patterns and images.
An ancient pot with a butterfly image inspired my sashiko design “Flight of the Butterflys.”
ANCIENT CULTURES is a new group beginning with six images from Mimbres Pottery. The Mimbres people lived in the mountain and river valleys of southwestern New Mexico about 1000 to 1250 AD.