I beat it. Or maybe, just maybe it beat me!
I've completed the section where I wanted to do Sashiko. I'll take it under advisement that it was a "learning experience" since I spat out so many nasties in the process, they were justified, RIGHT?
First, I tried the light box. The light wasn't bright enough to penetrate the satin and the muslin layers. Couple that with my white chalk pencil refusing to mark the satin. Then I traced the pattern onto a piece of transparency plastic with a Sharpie.
After taping the block to the window for our terrifically bright AZ sunshine, I rubbed chalk all over the holes. Another blurry mess. I had also transferred one strip of the pattern to the plastic and cut one strip off. Back to the design table, and this is what I finally used with an air soluable marker.
This didn't even begin to address the thread! I had a skein of (what I think was) actual Sashiko thread in my collection. No matter which end I used it knotted constantly. Gave that up and went to the standard perle cotton.
So now on to the rest of the block! I'm thinking it needs a cherry blossom branch across the bottom, and I have a patina'd Japanese coin and some beads with Chinese characters on the, for an accent. Need to add a bit of ribbon and lace and get this show on the road!
Thanks for being on the bumpy road ride!
Many of the photos appear out of phase, what's the trick to getting them right side up? Nonetheless, the light green kimono silk is the bottom of the block!