Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fiona's sashiko sampler


Fiona Fitheridge posted a photo of the progress on her sashiko sampler on Facebook today.  She's putting the borders on at the moment.  The subtle touches of colour in the stitching are matched in the border stripe and it's looking great.

The Peacock and the Tortoise have announced dates for my next sashiko course there and it begins on Thursday 8th March.  The current course group there finish in February and, as our classes are mostly fortnightly they are now slightly ahead of the Stockton-on-Tees and Edinburgh group, so they are keeping me on my toes!

For next year's Stockton course, I'm looking at Saturdays rather than Tuesdays, as I had quite a few people this year who would have liked to come but couldn't due to work or other commitments during the week.  I haven't finalised dates yet, as these will need to work around next year's quilt show dates, but hope to have them ready soon.




Monday, 13 November 2017

Alcove update


Remember this window alcove?




It is now the home of my Singer 13k treadle sewing machine.  The space still needs redecorating, but at least the sewing machine is now where it should be (photo later).

We also did a bit of photography for a new project last Sunday, when it was really sunny.  There have been some beautiful autumn days.



Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Books and Book sizes


My previous books have been designed and published by various book packagers and publishers and so are in various different sizes.  I wonder which size readers like best?  Next time, I want to self publish and will be doing all the layouts myself. Because of the size limitations of Word for Mac 2011 (which includes most of the features in Publisher for PC), I won't be able to go up to the size of 'The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook', as I need to include 3mm all round for trimming the pages and the widest page available in Word is already 8.5in.  The smallest book is 'Compendium of Quilting Techniques' (also published in the same size as '200 Quilting Tips Techniques and Trade Secrets'), at 19 x 24.6 cm/7.5 x 9.68in.  This is the narrowest one, with the smallest page size.

The paperback version of 'Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match' is 22.2cm/8.74in square, as are my other square format books.  This is too wide v available page sizes for adding crop marks, and I don't want the limitations of the square format this time anyway.


The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook is 8.5 x 11in, too big to add the crop marks in Word, and quite a big page size.


'Simple Sashiko' is fairly similar in size to most Japanese sashiko books, at 19.3 x 26.3cm/7.59 x 10.35in.  Japanese books are often around this size - I measured one for comparison and it was 7.5in wide x 10 1/8in, fractionally smaller.


I hope to go for a covered spiral binding for the next sashiko book, so the book can be laid flat to follow the instructions (NB - this can't apply to any Amazon print-on-demand copies, as they only do a glued binding).  I think it would be good to have a slightly smaller page size, as then the book is a bit more portable and easier to tuck into a bag.  Comments?

Patricia Belyea's book bundle giveaway - the winner


The winner of the book bundle giveaway for 'East Meets West Quilts' is Lynda Payne, who liked and commented on the post on my Facebook artist page.  Congratulations!

I drew the winner using an online random number generator, and combined all the names from the blog comments and Facebook into a numbered list first, then added the numbers, and ran the random number generator.  Lynda was no. 18.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Sashiko at the concert hall cafe


This is the start of the third session of the sashiko sampler course in Perth.  When I arrived at The Peacock and the Tortoise yesterday morning, the electrics had tripped out, so while Trudy got the electrician in to fix them and check all was OK, we nipped round the corner to the concert hall foyer cafe and did an hour there!  Sashiko is so portable. We had an early lunch, as the lights were on again by noon.  It turned out that the lamp had failed in one of the spotlights in the window.


If we hadn't been there, I'd have forgotten that last night's concert was the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet overture and Symphony No 6 ('Pathetique'), plus Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.4, so I got tickets. It was brilliant!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Sashiko courses - now all running...


All my current sashiko courses - Stockton-on-Tees (in the photos), Edinburgh and Perth - are now running.  Stockton and Perth have had their second session and Edinburgh's second day is on Saturday.  There are still a couple of places available at both Edinburgh and Perth, and at this point you could catch up.


I've been meeting up with the sashiko continuation group set up by members of the first Edinburgh course too. These are Sam and Pamela's samplers from the first course.



This is all keeping me pretty busy!

Glyn has had to do a lot of work in the window alcove (see my earlier post for more photos).  Gaps have been filled, extra bricks added and the outer wall repointed.  This is how it looked a few days ago...




.... and how it looked after demolishing the cupboard!  I'm looking forward to my 1871 Singer treadle sewing machine having a proper home at last.