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Unfortunately, my sashiko experiment was a failure. I just couldn’t get the circles to come out. There were three main problems. Firstly, I didn’t approach the circles very logically. I’d start sewing and follow the lines in a completely random way. Secondly, the sewing machine just isn’t meant for such tight circular lines. Thirdly, I’m just not very good at using the embroidery foot on my machine, so I avoided it, even though it would have been better for this project.

This photo gives you an indication of the randomness with which I stitched along the lines. It seemed to start off quite well, but by the time I’d given up it was just a mess. The canvas fabric does work extremely well for this kind of embroidery though, as it’s stiff enough to hold its shape without distorting the stitches.

So, in conclusion, the best Sashiko effect is achieved by hand-stitching in the traditional manner.


Something I’ve been looking at fondly for a while is Sashiko. This form of Japanese embroidery is so simple and elegant. I’ve been wanting to try it out for a long time, but I’ve just never worked up the courage. Besides, all that embroidery by hand must be time consuming!

I’ve come up with an idea to make it slightly less arduous. Hopefully, by machine sewing the lines it will be a lot quicker. Admittedly, by doing this I’ll lose the beautiful gaps between each stitch, but at least I’ll have a semblance of sashiko embroidery.

So far I’ve made a little square with a pattern that I’ll sew.

This is the pattern I’m using. Simple overlapping circles.

To make the pattern I used something with a circular based (a bottle of ‘champagne bubbles’) and drew around it with a pencil. With some help from a ruler I was able to get all of the circles neatly lined up to make the pattern.

So far it’s been pretty easy. We’ll see how the next step goes…

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This is a blog for my spare time. A blog to celebrate the things that I and many others enjoy:
Eating – there’s nothing quite like a good meal, whether at a restaurant or served at home. I’ve been to a few good restaurants here and there, which I will write about in due course. I’ll also share some of my recipes for a good home-cooked meal.
Baking – the more indulgent side of eating. This isn’t our of necessity, but sheer gluttony. Not that that’s a bad thing. For the most part, I bake because I enjoy the process. For example, I’ve recently discovered that producing an almost flawless batch of macarons is delightful. In this category I’ll be sharing more of my recipes, a few photos and tips. Admittedly, I’m not an expert, but we all have to start somewhere.
Crafts – undoubtedly the most time intensive of my self-imposed categories. Still, crafting is something I’ve always enjoyed. I have a few projects for which I’d like to post tutorials.

I’m sure I won’t be able to keep this up regularly for very long, but I’ll do my best for now.

Thank you for reading.

Good night.

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