i checked two more things off that list. i went back to japan for a visit. and i learned a new craft. sashiko. i now have a sashiko addiction.
sashiko. is a form of traditional japanese stitching. which is now used for decorative purposes. traditionally it is done with white thread on indigo fabric. in so many traditional designs. all so lovely.
a friend and i were on a day trip while i was back in japan. and got stuck in some snow. so we visited an amazing sashiko shop where we saw those panels hanging. the ones in the top photo. and i fell in love. well. we bought some small kits. found a quiet, warm place to sit for a few hours. and we stitched and stitched until it was time to catch the train. it didn't take long to get addicted.
it's not easy. don't be fooled. small, consistent stitches is tough work. and it involves patience. and this is why i am so surprised i love it. if it wasn't for that snow i don't think i would have ever tried sashiko. so i spent a lot of evenings sitting in front of the heater at h-kun's parents' home. stitching while watching japanese tv. it's the perfect hobby for those that need to always be multi-tasking. like me.
well. now i am home. and need to finish my third cloth. but i no longer have an excess of free time. or if i do i find myself doing other things. but i need to pick up my sashiko project again. because it is so relaxing. you can't think about much other than your next stitch. it's perfect. and i secretly dream of making a sashiko quilt. it's a big dream.