INDIGO The traditional art of dyeing indigo threads and weaving the textile is thriving in Japan. Read the entire article on the Blue and White blog posted on December 6, 2017: https://blueandwhitetokyo.com/2017/12/06/consider-the-lowly-thread/#like-2585 Consider the Lowly Thread From its humble origins as a cotton boll, its fibers are plucked and stretched and twisted into multi-ply threads that are stripped down to single ply then twisted into strands to make a sturdier thread for weaving and stitching, […]
Get Creative with COLORED THREADS! Traditional Japanese designs are stitched in white thread on an indigo blue background. An alternative to classic Blue+White is stitching with colored threads: DMC #5 Perle Cotton has a distinctive twist and a gloss finish. Olympus Sashiko thread is available in many colors. Both companies offer variegate colors. Sashiko thread should be used directly from the skein. Both Olympus and DMC Perle Cotton should be used as a single-strand, […]
SASHIKO The origins of sashiko stitching were the women on farms and in fishing villages who mended, patched and quilted textiles. When I teach workshops, I wear this peasant shirt to help make my point that sashiko is Not Your Silk Kimono Japan.
I am a member of SAQA – Studio Art Quilt Associates – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. Founded in 1989, SAQA now has over 3,400 members: artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors. Our local meetings alternate between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Members show projects they are working on. The 2018 TEXtiles Conference will be in San Antonio from […]
Thank You … to the hundreds of volunteers from Albuquerque Guilds who organized a fabulous show! Displays of quilts, dolls and woven pieces… vendors with everything fiber lovers dream of and more.
Cactus Cross Stitch from DMC Stitching cactus is all the rage! Several Etsy shops offer cross stitch cactus patterns: StitcheryStitch HAPPINESST Redwork Saguaro from Design Whiz & Needlepoint canvas by artist Snake Jagger This collection of prickly patterns to cross stitch is FREE to download now from DMC
Sashiko Southwest Products now in three Retail Stores ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO Stitchology – Sewing Parlor & Fabric Boutique 2400 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque NM 87104 505-242-3288 Stitchology is our newest retailer and will offer classes on Sashiko + Fashion. The Yarn Store at Nob Hill 120 […]
FREE Informal chat on SASHIKO For those you who are curious about this traditional Japanese folk art, I invite you to join us at The Yarn Store at Nob Hill at Nob Hill – 120 Amherst NE, Albuquerque, NM March 29 – WEDNESDAY – 3:00 to 4:00 March 31 – FRIDAY – 6:00 to 7:00 The shop has ample free parking and is located on the corner of Amherst and Campus – one block north […]
NEW! Sashiko Border – Cactus Window Garden My husband has about a hundred cactus in his collection. Some are large clumps he’s planted in the back yard. Others are exotic jungle cactus and plants that can’t over-winter in our Albuquerque climate. Most people are familiar with suguaro cactus. They are tall with many arms and large white flowers in the spring. Suguaros are often seen in photos, giving the impression that they are fairly common. Not true! The […]
SASHIKO 1-2-3 Workshop Fiber Arts Fiesta – Albuquerque May 20, 2017 – SATURDAY 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Classroom 1A Level: beginner and intermediate Cost: $25 http://www.fiberartsfiesta.org/f_classes.html All materials & Supplies included. Class fee does not include EXPO parking or show entry This hands-on workshop takes the mystery out of sashiko and demonstrates how this running stitch technique can […]