Monday, November 23, 2015

chiku chiku sashiko potholders



I put some casual chiku-chiku (the sound a needle makes when going through fabric) stitches into some beautiful tsumugi fabric I brought back from Japan.  The fabric is loosely woven and a pleasure to use for sashiko.


Keeping the threads loose on the back...


All layered up with two layers of thermal batting and two additional layers of cotton batting... 


potholders in the making...


But.... when all was said, done, quilted (just a few machined lines) and self bound..... but I didn't like that clunky look.... so lobbed off that binding...


 And properly bound them...





When David is in Japan with the 13 hour time difference, our routine is to FaceTime each morning and evening... as the other is waking up or ending the day.  The other morning he told me about visiting one of my absolute favorite shops, Blue and White, where I learned sashiko and first heard the term chiku chiku.  Yes, I do sometimes feel wistful for Tokyo...


3 comments:

  1. Oh they are beautiful! You don't mean you are actually going to use them as potholders? I think you have the makings of a beautiful potholder quilt! Love them.

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  2. I love these! Beautiful hand stitches, lovely simplicity!

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