Sunday, March 1, 2015

Olympus Sashiko #40: Colorful dragonflies

Olympus Sashiko #40: multicolored dragonflies

I completed this sashiko (Olympus Sashiko #40) and Elna Pressed it last weekend.

It's quite a different look than this, isn't it?
Olympus sashiko #240 dragonflies
Both are fun, I think I prefer the multicolored-on-white to the all-one-color-on-navy sashiko.

What I really wanted to do was have a gray grid with all the colorful dragonflies on it, but I couldn't find Olympus sashiko thread in gray.

I could have used gray embroidery floss but didn't.  The Purl Soho Sashiko Tutorial has info on how sashiko floss is different from embroidery floss, and how embroidery floss can be used in place of sashiko floss if you want.

Instead I used the navy blue sashiko thread (Olympus Sashiko thread color #11) as my neutral, then used 9 different colors, one for each dragonfly.

Olympus Sashiko #40: multicolored dragonflies
Dark red #12 (next time I will use regular red #15 which is brighter)

Olympus Sashiko #40: multicolored dragonflies
Hot orange #22, hot pink #21, medium blue (Gosh this may be #9 but I'm not sure)
Olympus Sashiko #40: multicolored dragonflies
Purple #19, yellow #16, brown #3
Olympus Sashiko #40: multicolored dragonflies
Turquoise #17 and green #7

And if you enjoy seeing sashiko from the ground up, here you go:
Olympus Sashiko Kit #40:  Dragonflies on white
Preprinted kit
One row
Both rows and my color plan which I totally didn't follow
Red, Orange
Red, Orange, Yellow
Red, Orange, Yellow, Turquoise
Red, Orange, Yellow, Turquoise, Purple
Red, Orange, Yellow, Turquoise, Purple, Pink
Red, Orange, Yellow, Turquoise, Purple, Pink, Green
Red, Orange, Yellow, Turquoise, Purple, Pink, Green, Blue
Red, Orange, Yellow, Turquoise, Purple, Pink, Green, Blue, Brown.
You can see I ran out of bright colors near the end.

I really enjoy the meditative nature of sashiko.  Such a joy to stitch-stitch-stitch and not worry about fit!

Be well!!


  1. You, my dear, might have a problem.
    Looking forward to what kind of sashiko thingies I come across in Japan.

  2. Gorgeous job on the sashiko. I use to do this many years ago on the machine, my local Viking dealer had classes. I have a couple of vests I kept with the sashiko on them. It is fun and so creative.

  3. Love it! You may have inspired my next non-sewing machine project.

  4. Oooh, so pretty! I love the colors. Just receive the gray Sashiko thread that I ordered from ebay. It isn't Olympus, but great quality. It isn't a light grey, but I really like it. This is the link:

  5. Beautiful work Kyle! I admire your patience.

  6. Very neat! I used to cross-stitch and this needlework reminds me of it. What will you do with it?

  7. So beautiful! I love this pattern and the colorful version is my fave. What are you going to do with it?

  8. These are lovely Kyle. Dragonflies in embroidery are so much nicer than real ones. You've picked great colours.


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