DMC’s 1000 Patterns Project

The fine folks at DMC have been working on a project that has created a terrific resource for all of us stitchers who like to mashup existing designs and make our own versions. Introducing the 1000 Patterns Project! “Here at DMC we believe everyone has the power to create with…

SASHIKO – How Far Can You Go?

Happy Sunday to you! Today our topic is a technique called 刺し子 Sashiko (pronounced: sa-sh-ko). Sashiko falls under the category of “functional embroidery”. Sashiko is sometimes found on clothing because it reinforces cotton fabric and can be stitched quickly in attractive patterns. Today, Sashiko is mainly decorative and often seen…

The Long and the Short of it

  ロングアンドショートステッチ <<< That’s Katakana. It’s one of three Japanese alphabets and used for words that are not originally Japanese but are commonly used. If you could read it, it would say: ‘rongu ando shiyoto sutichi’. That doesn’t help? What if I told you it’s, ‘long and short stitch’. Does…