When I join a blog hop I like it to do something that challenges me. That hasn’t always been how it’s worked out, but for the most part I like to do things I haven’t done before or try new techniques that interest me.
For as long as I can remember I have had a love for Sashiko. Back in the ’90s at a quilt show, I saw this absolutely gorgeous quilt that I just fell in love with. While I’m not a blue person, her quilt was dark blue and used a white thread. I’d never seen it before, they’d placed it in the embroidery category, but to me, it was a whole cloth quilt thus I had no knowledge back then of what Sashiko was. Suffice it to say I bought every Sashiko book I could get my hands on at the time. I have loved the beautiful work in Sashiko ever since.
Sashiko is very much like a hand quilting stitches with the exception that the stitches are traditionally a little larger than hand quilting stitches are. Sashiko is a series of lines or curves that are supposed to run in a continuous fashion.
My project today contains Sashiko if you haven’t guessed yet. I didn’t go crazy and make a full quilt, I am not quite up to that as yet with my feet, but I’m getting better at least.
What can I say also, if I have to choose between black and white I’m going to choose black every single time. I just love working with black over white colors. So I made a handbag.
The black fabric is from SSI and is actually a 108-inch wide backing fabric. I’ve also used 50 wt Aurifil cotton thread entirely in this bag.
I lined the bag with a red fabric from Alexander Henry which appears to be a holiday print but it went so nicely with the sashiko in the print on the red fabric that I chose to use it.
I had some extra blocks so I also created pockets for the bag. I love pockets in my handbags, I won’t even buy a new handbag if it doesn’t contain pockets. I’m the same way about pants, if they have no pockets, I’m not so likely to make them or buy them.
This is an old pattern I’ve used since the early 90s. I don’t even have the pattern itself anymore I think it was ruined in the baement flooding two years ago, but I’ve made the bag so many times it’s a pattern I actually have memorized.
I’ve never made it quite like this one tho, I split up the sections into 5×5 blocks. I wish I’d thought to separate the blocks by a piece of sashing, but I still like it the way it is also.
The following is the other side of the bag
I started doing the blocks on my Bernina, but I realized pretty quickly that wasn’t going to work if I wanted to try some curved block designs also, so off I went in search of Sashiko for machine embroidery and I found a lot of them at Designs By JuJu. I had to create 22 blocks to make the bag so I thought I would show you how I did that on my embroidery machine because I took a different route than I’d normally do when stitching blocks.
I did not repeat any patterns, all 22 blocks are different sashiko designs.
I like to machine embroider with a metal hoop. Since I mainly use my embroidery machine to do quilting a metal frame is easier to use than a traditional hoop is for an embroidery machine. I used my 5×7 metal hoop for this project. I did not precut my blocks or my fleece. Normally when you embroider you hoop to fit the project, in this case, I applied the same principle, but I hooped the 108-inch wide fabric instead… I’ll show you below.
I hooped the fleece and the fabric, and rolled the difference and secured them with a pin. On the right side is the excess length of the fabric strip and the left side is blocks that are already done. You could use this method in a traditional hoop also if you don’t have a metal hoop.
This is how the design looks on my machine. As you can see the design is centered in the hoop, but I moved the design to near the bottom of the hoop allowing me to have more room to add blocks on the strip, by doing this I saved not only fabric but fleece as well.
Because the SSI fabric was so wide I had to put pieces of fleece together. I do that with a glue stick. Each side gets a little bit of glue stick between the fabric and the fleece side that touches the back side of the fabric.
This is a great way to do a series of blocks at a time and it’s much quicker than using a traditional hoop for your embroidery machine.
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