On the 27th of July 2012 I started my quest to collect, graph and stitch as many of the Hishizashi patterns that I could find. Today I am posting No 97 - No 100. I have kept to my schedule of 10 patterns per month, which when I began never thought I would achieve. But there you go.
What have I learnt?
- There seems to be a group of basic patterns with a myriad of variations.
- I have found the names of the some of patterns.
- They can be stitched out on linen fabrics.
- That although they can be stitched out on linen or other even weave fabric the finished pattern looks best on the original hemp.
- The unmercerised thread look the most effective but other threads can be used.
- The traditional pieces combined only a few patterns or were one pattern repeated many times.
- Although I have found the names of two (2) Japanese pattern books I can find non of these books for sale, anywhere.
- That the 2011 tsunami has disrupted (or perhaps destroyed) the lives of many who stitched in this geographic area and they are un-contactable at this time.
- I love stitching these patterns and my admiration for these women who originally stitched them has grown beyond all bounds.
Pattern No 97