We have recently returned from the Newcastle Stitches and Craft Show and what a wonderful time was had by all. We introduced our Sashiko Stencil Panels and we were very pleased that they were so popular, we have to re-order them for the next show! This is a quilt we made using one of our panels but there are so many possibilities, next we think we might make some cushions. Exclusive to BeBe Bold, our panels are pre-stencilled conveniently eliminating the need to mark the fabric before starting to stitch. We have designed two different panels which have both been printed onto 5 different fabrics. 4 are printed onto tsumugi cotton and 1 onto an off-white sashiko cotton. All the pre-stencilled markings wash off and each panel comes with a stitching guide and tips. We have made one of the panels into a quilt but there are so many options including cushions, framed as wall-hangings or divided into lengths to make table-runners. We are looking forward to seeing some of the finished results.
Christmas is just around the corner and we have a new sashiko item which we think you are going to love. What do you think? I made this Christmas Stocking for my little niece Agnes and next I will make one for her big brother George. Kits will be available next month.
At the Newcastle Show, I also introduced ‘One Stitch Sashiko’ or ‘Hitomezashi’ and kogin embroidery. We got some interest for the upcoming ‘Northern Rivers Japanese Textiles Retreat’ in October which I am very much looking forward to. Organised by my dear friend Cally, it will be hosted in the coastal town of Lennox Head NSW, a very popular tourism spot with beautiful beaches and a relaxed, community feel. We also recently received some wonderful new Japanese Crochet books and I have enjoyed working on some of the projects. I will post some photos when I have completed some of the projects. I recently read this wonderful article and it is well worth a read! You can see my own contemporary Boro purse earlier in this post. I just love this textured effect. BORO: astonishing rags from Northern Japan. Anyway I better get back to work in preparation for the Brisbane Show next month. See you there! Until next time, Jane