My OWN Tessuti Annie Tunic!! With a different slow fashion approach to the front yoke!
|I was so excited when making this top for Ruthie!!! In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I began to formulate great plans for my own!|
To back up a step ~ I discovered the writings of Pearl Buck in my hometown library around the age of 12. Voracious reading of all her novels took me far away from my own surroundings to a place of beauty, rice paddies, pagodas, chop sticks, intricately embroidered kimonos. Through her stories I could live in a world and culture completely foreign to anything I had ever known. I became fascinated with all things of the Orient. When my sisters were both stationed in Japan, they sent me a beautiful kimono and figurines I treasure still. When I discovered Sashiko embroidery I was in love!!! Sashiko, literally - 'little stabs', is an ancient embroidery style, originally used to mend, reinforce, quilt blankets, embellish and winterize garments for warmth and thriftiness, for Japanese fishermen and their families. I think it is incredibly lovely. This tutorial on The Thread from Fabric-Store.com and this amazing blog, Radiant Home Studio, by Sara Curtis, which is awesome in many ways, are particularly helpful and inspiring when thinking about tackling a Sashiko project.
|This photo of a Sashiko quilt Sara posted on her blog (link above), is sooooooo amazing!! It is titled: Sashiko by volunteers, 2012, Textile Museum of Canada. Isn't it beautiful??? I'm going to make one myself when I grow up!!!|
|This fabric did not necessitate a lining...but still... No. Ugly. Insides.|
|Easy and pretty!!|
|Not as zen as I probably should be!!! But, I'll take joyful any day!|
|I lurve it!!|