Sashiko - Slow Stitch

Sashiko (刺し子, lit., "little stabs") is a type of traditional Japanese embroidery or stitchingused for the decorative and/or functional reinforcement of cloth and clothing

Woman's hands sewing running stitch in b

Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as pearlsbeadsquills, and sequins. In modern days, embroidery is usually seen on caps, hats, coats, blankets, dress shirts, denim, dresses, stockings, and golf shirts. Embroidery is available with a wide variety of thread or yarn colour.


Appliqué is ornamental needlework in which pieces or patch of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or stuck onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. It is commonly used as decoration, especially on garments. The technique is accomplished either by hand stitching or machine. Appliqué is commonly practised with textiles, but the term may be applied to similar techniques used on different materials. In the context of ceramics, for example, an appliqué is a separate piece of clay added to the primary work, generally for the purpose of decoration.

Message from KA

All of the above is something to do with our hands. We slow down and stitch and create!

I find that hand stitching, of any kind, allows me to focus on the project I'm working on but it also gives me focus throughout the day. Five minutes a day to bond with your needle and thread can turn into an hour or two and that's okay ... it is your time!

Be Well


Kelly Ann

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