Visible mending with elements of Sashiko.
Materials and tools required for a new course in Spring 2021
at Malahide Community School, Malahide - Ireland
- A piece of fabric (medium weight cotton or linen) or a garment to fix (e.g. old denim jeans).
- Bits and scraps of other fabrics – you don’t need much!
- Embroidery floss (DMC or Anchor) or finer crochet cotton yarn
- Needles: embroidery needles (No.5 are universal) and long darners if you have them
- Markers for dark or/and bright fabric or regular softer (B, 2B) pencil and white pencil (if you are using other fabric than white or beige).
- A ruler or quilting ruler if you have one
- Small scissors, pins, thimble (if you use one).
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IF YOU WANT TO HAVE MORE SPECIALIST MATERIALS AND TOOLS:
1) FABRIC– I recommend these sizes of fabric for making a half of a cushion cover: 53cmx53cm, or 43cmx68cm. For making entire cushion you will need two pieces of a size of your choice.
These sizes of the fabric will allow you to make a cushion cover fitting several cushion pads from IKEA.
Suggestions where to buy suitable fabrics for Sashiko and visible mending:
-denim (2 kinds): https://www.sewingshop.ie/plains-c161.htm
- any medium weight cotton or linen, preferably indigo, navy or blue.
You will also need some scraps of natural fabrics with design. Cotton and linen are always the best! You can find some of them on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=sashiko+fabric+scraps&explicit=1&locationQuery=6255148
2) THREADS: regular cotton floss (DMC, Anchor) are ok, finer cotton yarn for crocheting is better! Preferable colours are white, beige and all sort of blue. Some addition of other colours (red, orange, green…) will make your project more interesting!
Gradient colours are also great.
You can also get specialty threads from this seller on Etsy I recommend:
3) NEEDLES: embroidery needles (No. 5 is quite universal) and long darners, or specialty Sashiko needles:
4) MARKERS FOR DARK AND LIGHT FABRIC, depending what colour of fabric you are using.
I recommend quilter pencils, e.g.:
…or chaco pencil, or air-erasable or water soluble pens/pencils.
A softer colour or white regular pencil will also do.
5) SQUARE GRID PAPER if you want to learn to design your own Sashiko patterns.
6) RULERS: a quilter ruler if you can get it or just a regular ruler. If you want to be very accurate, you can also get curved templates for quilting.
6) SMALL EMBROIDERY SCISSORS, PINS AND THIMBLE (optional)