Sashiko is a Japanese form of embroidery, originally used to darn worn garments.
Christmas birds made from Christmas prints or calico, cinnamon sticks or Star Anise used for the claws, decorated with ribbons and small bells or purchased tinplate hearts. size, between 10 and 12cm.
A lovely 2020 Christmas present, the kit was an ideal activity for lockdown 3. I adapted the pattern a little, making two narrow straps rather than the one strap suggested in the instructions. I also inserted a pocket and embellished the pattern with a Suffolk Puff with a button for the centre.
I stitched these coasters whilst on board P&O Arcadia during the second half of the world cruise. The itinerary was drastically changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The craft group met daily during the 31 sea days from Fremantle, Australia, to Southampton.