November 22, 2023 at 03:43PM

Continued from the previous post, I occasionally wonder what “Sashiko” can offer to you here. What I share is so ordinary to me that it takes some time to realize the significance of it. My last 6 years in Sashiko in English was like that. In 2016, no videos/description about “how to use the thimble & needle” was available online, and I didn’t even think of teaching it because I thought that was something a majority could do – like swimming and riding a bicycle. Don’t get me wrong. Those who do not swim have other abilities than others don’t. I have Sashiko… yet I suck at many other things like Marine Sports (I wish I could do… but paddling board was a nightmare to me…).

[No Right or Wrong] is one thing. A majority of People who encounter Sashiko believe the “rules” someone (often non-Japanese) made. It is funny to say, but you here are kind of a “minority” in Sashiko. In a number of Social Groups online, some ask questions, and others answer it as if they are the experts…. However, I learned how to keep a distance from this hassle. As many advise here, I would like to focus on you here, who are willing to listen. I hope this “minority” becomes the “majority” – then I believe “Japanese Sashiko” will be preserved.

Thinking of what I can offer throughout Sashiko can be a good foundation of books I may write in future. I have received so many stories from elderly Japanese Sashiko Artisans who lived out their lives. I have been sharing many stories, and you may have a specific one you like. It would be a nice time for me to think & stitch in this winter… with appreciating those who support us directly (Patreon/Shopping from us) and indirectly (spreading words). Thanks to them/you, I can enjoy time with my family while stitching & thinking.





今週はアメリカでは感謝祭という祝日で、おかげさまで今年も家族と一緒の時間を過ごせそうです。妻は働いてますけれど。木曜日当日夜の英語の配信はもしかしたら中止としてしまうかもしれませんが、金曜日の日本語配信は大丈夫なはずです。何についての配信にしようか、正直頭が空っぽです(笑)刺し子をしすぎてリハビリとして仕事をしている(?)状況のせいかもですが、こうして仕事を詰め込まなくても生活ができている日々に感謝しつつ、その日々を面倒にするために「感謝」について語るのもありだなーと書きながら思ったりしています。語るテーマのリクエスト、随時募集しておりますのでー。

#Sashiko #刺し子 #日本人の刺し子。


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