Although we kept super busy at the 2014 Paducah show with author happenings from the book, we still had time to take a few classes. First up, Sashiko with Pepper Cory.
This was a great class because not only did we have time to complete a Sashiko sample project, but also were able to learn about the history of Sashiko and see lots of examples from Pepper's collection.
Sashiko is a traditional Japanese style of stitching that originated as functional embroidery and has evolved into a more decorative stitching in today's modern quilting world.
The traditional colors are white thread on a navy background, but as you can see in Pepper's examples, you can always modify and make it your own! Mom and I both LOVED this class. It was fun to learn about the history of Sashiko, but also to have the time in class to try our hand at (and even finish!) our own sample block. We're also excited about experimenting with using Sashiko as a focal point on the side of one of our containers!