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Beginner’s Sashiko Class at Sewing Diva

Fun group of people!

I taught a very fun class at Sewing Diva in Derry NH. All students were so very lively and funny that we laughed a lot in between stitching. Don’t take it wrong. They worked very hard to learn Sashiko especially making the stitches even. And I just have to say one of them, Renee Clarke, is  absolutely one of the best students I have ever had. She is about to graduate from a 4-year college to be a seamstress. No wonder! Her passion is to sew. The video this Sashiko class is posted on my YouTube channel as a Beginner’s Sashiko Class video.

Last Be-dama class today

It was the last Be-dama class today at Quilter’s Way in West Concord. We started this class in November and gathered once a month to make a wall scroll. Sashiko and applique were involved in this class. Thank you to a couple of my students, Jeanne and Phyllis for “teaching” many helpful tips of quilting and applique methods to all of us! All 8 students did a great job. Although we use the same patterns, the what each one get at the end is so different because of the fabric choices. Some of them chose very subtle colors, some of them decided to go very bright colors.  Some of their pieces are going in to my show at Indian Hill Music School in Littleton, MA in May. Please read more info about the show at Classes and Event page here. Thank you all for taking my class. I really had fun working with you!

Origin of Kamon (Family Crest)

Sashiko stitched kamonsThe origin of Kamon seams to go all the way back to 900 years ago in Heian Era. The history tells that Saionji, a court noble, used Tomoe (a comma-shaped design) as their crest, and it was decided as a mark on oxcart for high personage. The use of this mark soon be expanded and was used to mark on furniture, dishes and all kind of belongings. This custom has spread in the noble class and it gradually became the crest to each noble family.

One of my favorite motifs to use in Sashiko are family crests (Kamon in Japanese). They are very compact and suitable for adding partially to any projects.

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