I took Lois Kershner’s Sashiko class at the Chicago EGA National Seminar. The project was a vest, but you could make a table runner if the vest didn’t appeal to you. I chose the table runner option. Here is Lois showing the front and back of her vest.
I loved how hers looked, but wasn’t so happy with mine. The even consistent stitches take a lot of practice. I had taken four classes at that seminar, so when I got home, I put the sashiko project away and worked on other things, thinking I would come back to it later. A year or two later, Lois had a table at merchandise night at Calloway School of Needlearts and was selling a kit for a small sashiko project. I bought it, thinking I could practice with the smaller project before going back to the class project from Chicago. So that made two unfinished sashiko projects. If you will recall, I recently purchased a small printed piece of sashiko cloth when I went to the mall here. My thinking on this was that I could stitch the printed stitch lengths to get the hang of even length stitches. Here’s what I have done so far.
Even with the printed fabric, it is difficult to make the stitches the same length all the time. As you can see, there are a lot of stitches yet to do, so maybe I will get the hang of it by the time I complete this.
Here’s the link to Lois Kershner’s website: http://www.loiskershner.com/sashiko_embroidery