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I missed almost all of the June meeting with Gilli Theokritoff at Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild as I was working that day, but I did make it through the door in time to lay my hands on the kit for the afternoon project which was stitching samples of hitomezashi sashiko, which are more like all over patterns than big designs. I didn’t manage to start the kit until I went down to London to visit my eldest a fortnight ago but it was perfect to stitch on the train.

The difference with Gilli’s method is that she has a piece of interfacing already marked out with a regular pattern of dots ironed onto the back of the fabric. You work from the wrong side and don’t have any marks on the front to get rid of.

The first sample starts as jujizashi (cross stitch). I used a variegated sashiko thread in lovely shades of blue.

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Then you add one set of diagonal lines.

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The second sample was kikkozashi, or tortoise stitch. This starts with a foundation of yokogushi, which are staggered vertical rows. The horizontal rows are formed by weaving the thread under the opposite stitches to give an effect like the plates of a tortoise’s shell.

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Finally I added some straight stitches in the middle of the ‘plates’.

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They are going to become book covers, so I’ve laced them over some squares of greyboard.

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And am probably going to line them with this gorgeous scrap of Japanese kimono fabric.

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Just need to decide on fabric or paper pages.

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I’m sure somebody has probably already thought of this, but it occurred to me a while ago that the cuff of a shirt would make a wonderful textile book cover, easily stitched into to bind the pages and using the button for a closure. I made some notes in my sketchbook and got quite excited to start one!

Typically, it was months before a shirt destined for the bin came my way. This was a badly damaged denim shirt from the art shirts box in my classroom which I brought home to wash at Easter. I eagerly snipped off the cuffs and started to play. I went for some applique first as I wanted something which would make up quickly.

Leaves book cover 1

The fabric for the leaves is scraps of embroidered silk dupion which I’ve attached with feather stitch in a lovely variegated fine cotton.

Leaves book cover 2

I also had some matching embroidered silk organza scraps, so I layered a couple of the leaves with some of the organza.

Leaves book cover 3

A line of feather stitch, lengthened with back stitches, makes the central veins and holds the organza pieces down.

Leaves book cover 4

For the second one, a random scattering of lazy daisy flowers in various shades of blue.

Leaves book cover 5

It’s a great project to use up oddments of pretty papers. ¬†These are ready to be stitched in. I’m going for three signatures per book held with a beaded long stitch binding.

Cuff book pages

 

It’s always an added pleasure when an idea works out so nicely.

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