First I machine hemmed some scarves that I am taking to the States. They are really kimono collars and I thought they should be hemmed. Sorry. I forgot to take a picture and they are already packed.
Then as I was was doing major washing I took off the cover on Choco's dog bed cushion and while I was at it, added more fluff and stuff that I've collected in the past couple months. Found that I had four bags full in the closet so those got dumped into the cushion and re-sewn. Even the cats like Choco's fluffy bed and I see Cleo and Velvet are making use of it right now. (It sits under my computer desk.)
I also cut and hemmed some jeans that I was dragging around on the ground looking like a hippy. Those may go with me to the States.
And finally, I had to "try" my hand at Sashiko, the Japanese stitching art. I had thought that this would be a good for keeping my hands busy on the airplane (are they going to let me take a needle on the airplane?) and I picked up a couple of these pre-printed Sashiko rags/handkerchiefs. You can see that I'm going to have this finished before I get on that airplane Tuesday so I may have to go buy a couple more.
Sashiko is a fairly easy handcraft especially for anyone who does quilting. The stitching is often done on heavy gauze and it makes the sewing easy. The stitches, unlike quilting, are supposed to be fairly long so that the design shows and the thread is made of heavyish cotton.
In the course of cleaning and washing yesterday I came across some Sashiko cloths that my kids made. I remember teaching Leiya to do this variegated threaded dragonfly Sashiko when she was in grade school and I think the star one was made by Takumi when he was in kindergarten! (Four or five years old!) They have sat in the rag drawer but I've never wanted to use them as rags so I'm proud to feature them on my blog today.