Friday, 3 June 2011

Sashiko in Scotland - third workshop - near Inverness

After a spectacular drive from Skye to Inverness (pouring rain, lush greenery, raging torrents), yesterday's workshop was one where we could sit in the sun and stitch! The group is Creative Art and Textile, who meet at Patches Corner at Beauly, and the workshop is 'Sashiko for Summer'. As you can see, we had a lot of laughter together, as well as producing some great sashiko.

The venue was the new workshop cabin at -

Click image above for directions etc. The shop is very new and, although I checked their website link, there only seems to be a holding page at the moment. The workshop is another log cabin round the back of the shop - a light,bright workspace with plenty of free parking. They had an excellent range of fabrics, threads and notions.

Here's some of the workshop panels -

The fabric is from a two-tone shot cotton range by Fabric Freedom, woven in India, and the thread count and weave are perfect for sashiko when a different colour palette is wanted. The purples and lilacs were the starting point for this workshop idea, as the colours reminded me of Chinese bellflowers growing near Yuza, Yamagata Prefecture. I imagined most of the quilters would choose those.

After driving around Scotland for a week, the colours of summer up here are the two lush greens - the light, bright, saturated green reminds me of the hillsides and the darker green the mixed forests and woods. It isn't surprising that these colours are the natural choice of anyone surrounded by this stunning landscape, whether in rain or sun.

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