Sashiko embroidered coasters

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I’ve been taking a wonderful online class this summer from the Stitched in Color blogger – it has covered a wide variety of hand stitching projects and techniques.  This post came from the week we learned hand embroidery – I chose the Sashiko embroidery project because it’s a technique I’ve been wanting to learn, and I liked the end product.

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You can see details here on the project (but not the actual instruction – that’s on a secure site for class members only).  I loved the cool blues and the taupes, so I used the same colors as the class example.  I didn’t find it difficult at all to learn Sashiko embroidery, with my solid (albeit rudimentary) embroidery skills.

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I used Kona Cotton in blues and neutrals (sand and putty) for the fabric, Saral transfer paper to transfer the patterns from paper to fabric, and Valdani Pearl Cotton for the embroidery thread.  There’s something so zen for me about hand stitching, particularly embroidery – and, as time-consuming as it can be, it’s usually a lot more instant gratification than knitting!

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I’ve loved this online class so far – the first one I’ve taken, a very unique idea.  The instructor, Rachel Hauser, does a bang-up job, her projects are interesting and inspiring, and her pricing is more than reasonable.  I hope she does more online classes and opportunities for creating online community in the future!


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