Needle Exchange: Sashiko Stitching

Hello Everybody! Today we’ll be looking at Sashiko. “Sashiko” means “little stabs”, the verb “sasu” means “to pierce”. This type of needlework is used in traditional Japanese quilting, and utilizes a long running stitch to form the geometric patterns. It seems the earliest use of this method was to reinforce…

Needle Exchange: Quillwork

Welcome back everybody! The last few months we’ve been looking at contemporary fiber artists, this time I thought we’d look at a tradition that is wholly North American.  Míkmaq Quillwork Porcupine quillwork may just be the oldest form of Native American embroidery. According to Needlework Through History, it dates back to prehistoric times. This…