I wasn't planning to post about the sashiko inspired project again until I was completely finished with it, but I needed the distraction today...so, here we are.
The basic idea was to practice hand-stitching and it seemed like a better use of my (very limited) free time to make something useful at the same time. We're a paper towel-free home, so we go through lots and lots of little cleaning rags. The ones we have now are generally all of the terrycloth variety and getting pretty ratty looking. I hate handing something stained or torn or otherwise ugly and asking Bug to wipe his face on it. So I figured I'd make a set of little finger wiping / spill picker-upper cloths.
I chose a couple of fat-eighths that I wasn't in love with from my stash and dug out the embroidery thread and got to work. I'm finding that, as I work on these, I really really start to like to the fabric.
Today, I had misplaced the almost-finished orange and yellow floral so I grabbed one of the other fabrics when Bug went down for his nap. I don't really dislike this fabric so much but it hasn't been speaking to me either, so it was fair game.
The stitching on this one is very, very simple. I just stitched over the vertical center lines of each vine and left the rest of the fabric alone. I'd considered accenting the darker leaves somehow, but I kind of like the simplicity of the almost-straight lines.
When I'd finished with the vines, I folded the fabric in half, pressed it and stitched it closed. I top-stitched the edges to give it a slightly crisper shape. I've purposefully chosen not to square up the fabrics before I stitch them. They were all cut (before I bought them, not by me) a little wonky, so they're not stitching up completely square. For our purposes and because that seems to fit quite well into our wonky lives, I kind of like them that way.
(I skimmed a book titled That Dorky Homemade Look, by Lisa Boyer, the other day and these evoke that feeling in me. I think I love them because of their imperfections. And I think buying the book is in my not-too-distant future.)
So, here's the first of the sashiko-inspired cloths.
This first picture shows the color of the fabric the best.
And here's a detail, showing the pattern of the fabric and the stitching a little better.
More on these as I finish the others. I'm planning on four. I think.
(PS - Bug has given this one his seal of approval. I handed it to him and asked him what he thought and he immediately wiped his face, then wadded it up and handed it back. Success!)