About a year ago, I went to my first craft show. I was super excited and had a great time! I got so inspired by all the different craft projects they were displaying. One of the classes I joined was about the Japanese art of Sashiko. It uses small straight lines to create beautiful patterns.
The craft show is back and I feel that I can’t really justify on going to the show again if I don’t finish what I learnt/bought a year ago!
I never imagined that it would take this long to complete these kusudama balls! But here they are, all ready for next Christmas. =) The squares I had cut up previously were only enough for me to make 2 of these balls, but I think I will need to make more if I plan to use them to decorate our home for the holidays. But for now… the project is completed!
While I was making these, an idea popped into my head. I could write blessings/good wishes on each square and fold them up and glue them all together. These would be good for those who are unwell or need encouragement!
Kusudama is a Japanese paper ball that was traditionally used for incense or potpourri. I first came across this Japanese art when I was searching for something I could make for a friend who was recovering from an operation.
After making the first one, I had cut up all these paper squares with plans to make a lot of them for Christmas decorations. And now many months have passed and they are still sitting in a ziplock bag waiting to be assembled.I thought this would be a good first project to tackle; it does not require any thought or planning. And hopefully I will start building some momentum and perseverance in my craft projects, which ultimately will lead into other things I do in life. I want to run the race and finish strong.