Sunday, March 1, 2015
Olympus Sashiko #40: Colorful 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?
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.
Dark red #12 (next time I will use regular red #15 which is brighter)
Hot orange #22, hot pink #21, medium blue (Gosh this may be #9 but I'm not sure)
Purple #19, yellow #16, brown #3
Turquoise #17 and green #7
And if you enjoy seeing sashiko from the ground up, here you go:
Both rows and my color plan which I totally didn't follow
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!