A Com­mon Thread

Martha Stewart Living - - Everyday Food -

Above: An Amer­i­can doll’s dress with smock­ing, from circa 1950. Op­po­site, clock­wise from top left: Weav­ing combs, cal­lig­ra­phy brushes, and other do­mes­tic items from Ja­pan. Stump-work thread flow­ers by artist Verónica Fuentes. A Vic­to­rian lace- and-sewing kit with a glove stretcher. Skeins of blue silk yarn from late New Jersey fiber artist Carol West­fall. A hand­made knit­ting-nee­dle case made out of an­tique Ja­panese fab­ric. Vin­tage zōkins, or Ja­panese clean­ing cloths. Bob­bins and spools of thread, with an­tique thim­bles from France. A book­mark with sashiko stitch­ing (to learn how to make one, visit marthastew­art.com/sashiko­book­mark).

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