Today is the first day since before the start of Spring Semester that I haven’t had anything I *needed* to do, or anywhere I *needed* to be! What a treat! I decided to take advantage of it by getting out the sashiko mini sampler kit that I got from Miniature Rhino awhile back. I’ve been wanting to learn about sashiko stitching for awhile; I’m really drawn towards geometric patterning of the sort that is often featured in sashiko, and I’ve also heard that sashiko is a useful skill if you want to be able to mend your own jeans.
It took me a few tries to get used to running the needle through the fabric, but I eventually got the hang of it (though I think I need to get a thimble, because ouch, pushing that needle through doesn’t feel very good on my fingers!).
I first did all of the vertical stitches, then did the horizontal ones, because that’s what the instructions said to do. I loved seeing the little “plus signs” emerge!
It was so exciting when it was all done!
It looks pretty nice on the wrong side, too:
While reorganizing crafty things, I found another embroidery project that has been long-buried: the ABC Sampler from Posie gets Cozy, which dates back to when I was pregnant with my daughter.
I apparently only made it partway through the “C” before setting it aside for 7.5 years! So today, I finished the “C”, and also the “D”. Maybe I can try to do one letter per day? We’ll see!
I really liked spending my morning off the computer, off my phone, just stitching quietly. I’m trying to build in more “offline” time, because I’ve noticed that I am quite prone to picking up my phone and kind of mindlessly scrolling if I ever have even a moment of quiet, and that’s a habit I want to break. Speaking of mindlessness (or rather, the opposite: mindFULness), I’m going to be doing a training in a few weeks to become a Koru mindfulness educator at my university, which I’m pretty excited about, so reading the book was another quiet activity for my morning:
I’m excited about expanding my needlework skills a bit! Knitting will always be my first love, but embroidery makes me pretty darned happy, too.