|Lots of activity in the lower level of St. Brigid's church.|
|We learn about sashiko materials.|
|Stitching samples and student work in progress.|
Special thanks to class participants Laura, who brought a power strip with a lengthy cord, so we could plug in our Ott lamps, and Barbara, who helped me lug all my items from my car.
|We learn, but also connect, at the workshops.|
|My contribution to sashiko pedagogy.|
We used the pre-printed hemp pattern as our class project. As the stitching sequence directions that come with Olympus patterns are a bit cryptic, I stitched a color-coded sample to delineate the optimal stitching sequence. Participants also received a black and white line drafted pattern, which they color-coded with Sharpie pens I provided.
|Students color-code their stitching diagrams.|
I decided against making color copies of the pattern, partly due to the expense (workshop leaders are not reimbursed); additionally I hoped that students would really grasp the concepts behind the stitching pattern if they colored it in themselves. Whether or not the samplers are finished, each participant will perhaps have a better appreciation of the process involved in the creation of any sashiko stitching she may view at a show or exhibition.
|Demonstrating pattern transfer onto plain fabric.|