A hundred little stitches

Sashiko (刺し子, literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. … The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread.

#sashiko – I finally started work on something that has been on my mind for the last few years now. Narrative storytelling through a series of portraits and self-portraits.
The work I started today is a little more intimate, a bit more personal. It’s a journey I start with a few hundred stitches in black. Not white or red as is traditional in Sashiko. Actually not even as neat as Sashiko embroidery is meant to be. My work currently looks more like poor quality darning then refined embroidery. But that too because it has its place in the fabric of my life and my journey.

The use of Sashiko because it means ‘little stabs’….

You can read the various posts about my journey thus far here or just go through these three links that I think will give you some context of where I hope to take this series.



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