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Sashiko Sewalong Project

Sashiko - Hishi seigaiha (Waves)    Sashiko - Juji Kikko (Crossed tortoiseshell) (2)  Sashiko - Kakinohanazashi (Persimmon Flower stitch)

Sashiko samplers clockwise from left: Hishi seigaiha (Waves) ; Juji Kikko (Crossed tortoiseshell) ; Kakinohanazashi (Persimmon Flower stitch)


Sashiko is the name of the gorgeous historical Japanese Quilting tradition worked with white thread on an indigo dyed fabric. Sara Cook from Brighton Fashion and Textile School has kindly shared with us her Sashiko Sewalong project that she ran on Instagram #sashikosampler. It was very popular with lots of people trying out this technique for the first time.


“Here are three examples of different patterns that I stitched for the sewalong. At the end you will see the sampler that I made. I love the way the patterns build up often not revealing their wonderful designs until the last few rows are worked.


Kakinohanazashi (Persimmon Flower stitch) The Persimmon Flower stitch is a very popular design and represents a stylised version of the flower. The fruit is sometimes called a Sharon fruit. This was the first pattern I learnt to stitch many years ago.


Juji Kikko (Crossed tortoiseshell) This design is a variation of the traditional tortoiseshell pattern that I have altered with diagonal crosses instead of vertical crosses. I like the hexagon shapes which remind me of grandmother’s flower garden design in English paper piecing.


Hishi seigaiha (Waves) I stitched this pattern while I was travelling around South Korea. It was the one of the last in the Sashiko sewalong project. This was a very formative time for me and somehow the pattern seemed to fit my journey.”


To find out more visit Sara’s website and blog at http://brightonfashionandtextileschool.com


Sashiko examples

Sandra De Berduccy

Sandra De Berduccy    DeBerduccy_8   DeBerduccy_4

Sandra weaving outdoors; Electric Awka – Traditional Andean Weave with Optical Fibre, Alpaca Fibre, LEDs and Sensors;

Jiwasanaka, Ancient double weave tecnique (kurti), Colored threads, leds, copper plates and macrocontroller


Sandra is our first featured artist from Bolivia, a country with a rich heritage in weaving. Sandra’s work respects traditional techniques while adding a fresh approach. ” I explore the relationship between nature, processes of traditional Andean textiles and various languages of the new media art,” she explains. She makes her devices and artifacts with a range of materials and processes including electronics, software code, micro controllers and reverse engineering. While her work is very varied weaving is always at the core. “All [my] practices merge with each other and give continuity to the ancient textile tradition of which I consider myself part.”

To find out more about Sandra visit www.sandradeberduccy.com or check out her Instagram and Facebook pages – details are on her gallery page sandra-deberduccy


Niki McDonald

Niki McDonald, sewing on my balcony     Niki McDonald, sewing at Neilson Park, Sydney  NIKI MCDONALD, tapestry, Urban Bouqet, wool, needlepoint tapestry, 100x120cm 2016

Niki sewing and Urban Bouqet, wool & tapestry needlepoint tapestry, 2016


There is no denying that sewing, beit embroidery or tapestry, is a slow process. The upside is you can take it anywhere as Sydneysider textile artist

Niki McDonald shows here. Fitting her work around teaching at high school means she makes the most of her free time and often sews outdoors.

Working on a number of pieces simultaneously, each of her collections has around five to six pieces which take four to five months to complete. We can’t wait to see what she does next.

To see more of Niki’s work visit tapestrygirl.com


Luis Acosta

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Luis Acosta has been combining textiles with paper to create jewellery for the past 20 years and is now world renowned for his talent.

He has just been selected from over 201 artists for the 9th International Triennial of Ppaer which will be held at the Musee de Charmey from 28th May – 8th October 2017.

See more of his beautiful work and learn more about the process on his profile page.