I’ve been guilty of distraction lately. The weather has been nice – a rare thing for spring in Portland. Under normal circumstances sunny days in Oregon mean an escape to the coast or the Columbia River Gorge, but instead my distraction has kept me tucked away inside – stitching. Sashiko stitching to be exact.
Sashiko is a Japanese sewing technique, used traditionally to repair or reinforce worn areas of cloth. As time has passed, sashiko has evolved from its utilitarian roots into a more decorative embroidery art.
The nuances of pattern have always fascinated me, and exploring them with just a simple running stitch and a needle between my fingers is the most fun I’ve had in ages.
So now, when I’m not sewing up leather goods at the Sun Nation studio, I’m home sewing new life into scraps of old fabric.