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Sashiko Sockeye Bowls

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


My start was all 'high hat' style of course and then my life changed dramatically with one phone call. I got a new job!

So as the days that I'd scheduled for work on this little project blog tour participation dwindled with chaotic new work schedules, the drama increased!

 My plan was to create a new piece with Carol's Bowls With Borders paper piecing. Where I live is a constant influence in my art, my life and my choices for recreation. In the photo above, I actually hand sewed the paper piecing. I bet that is a first! They turned out really well, but the hand stitching wouldn't let me tear away the paper.

I imagined a modern piece, the graph paper told me so and I continued. I free hand drew my version of a sockeye on the back side of iron on stabilizer on red linen.


 I am a fisher as you all know by now! I've been out to the lake on my days off work harvesting sockeye salmon and enjoying the hot summer sun as we baked in the boat on Babine Lake. 

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Sockeye salmon as they turn towards their inland birthing grounds, they return in droves to spawn each year. They sockeye we caught are headed for the Fulton River Hatchery. They turn a dark red color as they get to the end of their life. When we catch them they are still silver with only a tinge of pinkish skin. Lovely fresh and perfect food for the God's!

 I inserted my sockeye into the design as seen here, after placing black around the bowls!


My sockeye looks a little crooked, but no worries, that was the plan!

Sashiko stitching is starting to happen here. I used a white wash out fabric pencil to outline the shape of the sockeye salmon on the black fabric surrounding the bowls.




Ta Dah! Sashiko stitching is done! Bowls with borders are a perfect template for Sashiko stitching.


So these are my version of Bowls With Borders and so happy to participate! Thanks Carol for organizing this one! I sew enjoyed it!

As you are aware the other quilters have been busy working on various Bowls With Border quilts, do check them out.

70 comments :

  1. Very interesting story and piece - thank you for sharing with us.

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  2. That looks really great! I hand stitch everything....so I do a lot of paper piecing by hand as well. There is a special paper (sadly I don't know the English name for it....)for it too, it is thinner and will tear away easily (just a tip). I love your interpretation of the bowls.

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  3. Very interesting story and layout. Thanks for sharing

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  4. Carli, you made an amazing and innovative original piece of art work after, ok, let's say: starting with my little pattern. I am almost speachless. Thank you for this surprise!
    If you would like to see your work in my guest gallery please contact me at info@reginagrewe.de.
    Regina from Germany

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  5. What a great idea! I especially love the sashiko stitching!
    I'd never heard of a sockeye before so thank you for that information! My husband and sons are keen fishermen!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Great work. Beautiful colors. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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  7. Good luck with your new job! Wow! You put a lot of work in to your bowls! Great job!

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  8. Your word has succeeded very well. A successful surprise with the fish.
    Many greetings from Germany

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  9. That is a great quilt using Regina's Bowl pattern.

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  10. Oh my... your an artist! I really love your doing, your thinking, your work, colors, playing with the fabric... it's a piece of art, so out of the box thinking,I am flabbergasted! Two thumbs up for you!

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  11. Such a very clever take on the design!

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  12. Love your bowls, so different and interesting! Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  13. What a wonderful idea. Love the quilting.

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  14. Totally different than any seen...you made a very intriguing display...thanks for sharing.

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  15. Hi!!! Hee hee I love it that you really made it yours!!!!!! Your stitching looks great!!! Thanks so much!!!!!

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  16. What an original idea. Love your quilting.

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  17. what a unique little quilt you came up with.This hop has been sew good for helpping us all see the possibilities with these little bowls. Thnaks for sharing
    in stitches

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  18. Good morning Carli, I love how you made your quilt 'yours'....one little pattern and sooo many beautiful pieces of 'art' that 'makes it one of a kind'. Great job, love the sashiko stitching. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!! Pauline

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  19. This was a such a treat to watch your process and learn something new. I love the stitching--Sashiko is something I've seen but never knew its name. Your bowls are so artsy and creative--love them! Thank you for hopping with us and sharing your bowls. I hope your new job doesn't stop you from hopping with us again. :O)

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    1. PS. If you take off your word verification just for today, you'll get more comments on your lovely bowls. Some people (me included) get frustrated trying to read those squiggly lines.

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  20. Beautiful art quilt! Love your Sashiko stitching of the salmon on your quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Amazing idea.I`ve never tried Sashiko.Beautiful bowls and fish!

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  22. Beautiful and unique work! Adding the salmon to your bowls is wonderful!

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  23. Your bowls turned out great and so unique with the Sashiko and salmon. Reminds me of when I lived in Washington state, the salmon, the trees, the gray skies, the cooler weather. I miss the cooler weather since the summer here has been hot.

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  24. That one is very different. Really like it . Good job.

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  25. Oh wow, this is really an art piece. Lovely!

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  26. Fantastic! Your Salmon Is just great. You`ve inspired me to learn something new. Sashiko stitching is new to me. I have not been fortunate to fish Salmon, but I would like to try this stitchwork with German Browns we caught in Colorado. I am so glad you shared.

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  27. Your quilt looks fantastic, I love it.
    Britta

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  28. Beautiful! I am just now starting Sashiko and your piece in an inspiration. Congratulations on the new job. Salmon is my all time favorite fish, yummy! Thank you for sharing.

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  29. I have never done Sashiko; I am impressed with how it works in this piece of art! It is amazing...

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  30. Carli - Your addition of the sockeye salmon was brilliant! I'm a daughter of a sport-fisherman and love salmon. I have fond memories of my dad bringing home salmon from deep-sea fishing which he frequently canned or smoked. He really spoiled all us girls(4) - can't even look at imitation crab or any other imitation for that matter. Your sashiko on the black background is stunning! I love embroidery too. Thanks for sharing, from Northern CA, USA!

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  31. The bowls are wonderful with that background. The salmon and sashiko are marvelous!

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  32. Oh my goodness, I love it, I really love it!

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  33. Rosemary B here: WOW amazing back ground and the bowls are really exotic! This is the niftiest project of the bunch! Really beautiful! Well done
    Thank you so much for sharing. Best wishes with your new job too

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  34. What beautiful hand work...great job! TFS

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  35. WOW!!! Great job! I love your quilt!
    Greetings from Germany
    Nicole

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  36. Wonderful art quilt. Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Love seeing your artistic interpretation of the bowls and sashiko! I just took a class in sashiko this weekend and am really enjoying stitching...very theraputic! Congrats on the new job :)

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  38. You have a lot of great techniques going on here!! The fish are a delight, and I can't believe you paper pieced by hand. Very gutsy!! Here is a tip that may help if you want to do it again. Go buy the tracing wheel in sewing dept (by the colored transfer paper) that looks like a tiny pizza cutter but has small teeth. Use a ruler and score every sewing line with it, then sew. Paper should tear away easier! Great job on your piece!

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  39. Your bowls are lovely and I love the sashimi. Thank you for sharing.

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  40. Beautiful! I've never heard of Sashiko stitching before now. Thanks for sharing your project.

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  41. Your shashiko stitiching is a beautiful contribution to your sockeye and your bowls! I love creative interpretations. Great job!

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  42. I love it! I'd never seen -- or never had identified -- sashiko, but I love it. You've made the bowls into a whole meal. :)

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  43. Sashiko is so lovely; that's a technique I want to try; your turned out so well.

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  44. Very artistic and unique. I love salmon on my plate/or in my bowl :). Thank you for showing sashiko stitching, it is new to me.

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  45. Very cool interpretation of the bowls! Love the stitching!

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  46. Very creative. what fun you had making your bowls with borders. thanks for sharing.

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  47. Margaret Andrews , AlaskaAugust 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Have lots of sockeye in my freezer, but this is much more beautiful than the real thing. I love it. Salmon are a special fish and the sockeye most delicious. Thank you for letting me see yours.

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  48. What a beautiful mini! Love that you added the salmon. So clever! My friend recently showed me how to do Sashito. It adds a neat element with your bowls. Thanks for sharing your project with us. Great job!

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  49. Your bowls with borders are quite pretty. I've wanted to learn sashiko for a long time so was fun to see your use of the stitching in this lovely project. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. Very good work on your bowls. Way to think oitside the box! You are very talented!

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  51. You are incredibly artistic to come up with this plan , I love it !

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  52. Love your sockeyes and Sachiko! You really made it your own. I had a big change in schedule, too - made things challenging, didn't it?

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  53. The stitching is very well done.

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  54. Carli, you made a wonderful quilt that inspires!
    Cathy R from QC retreat 2011
    Good Luck with your new job.

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  55. What a really interesting set of bowls! Very creative!

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  56. This is cool! You are giving as ideas on how to come up nice designs! Very creative indeed!

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  57. Ideas are in the wind, glad you see some possibilities, please link back to my post, I'd love to see what you do with it?
    Carli

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  58. Great colors and interesting design. Thanks so much for sharing and letting us into your quilting day!

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  59. Hi, Carli. Well, I can see by the response that your bowls and fish are quite popular, and rightly so. Love the stitching, and the black background is so dramatic. Perfect! By the way, I bought my milliners' needles at my local village store, so one should be able to find them anywhere.
    best, nadia

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  60. I love this one Carli! The red salmon against the black is stunning, and I love the Sashiko bowls!

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  61. This piece is just lovely and a great way to incorporate sashiko stitching, which you have done beautifully!

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    1. Thank you Cynthia, I've grown the the almost complete stage and soon it will be the finale!

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