Rosa Sachet Kit
Inspired by cochineal, Kristine Vejar of A Verb for Keeping Warm designed the Rosa Sachet sewing pattern featured in the magazine Making No.2 / Fauna.
Cochineal is a tiny scale insect which makes the color pink. It has a vast history and has impacted the world as we know it today. It was so valued that it was a form of currency in pre-Spanish Mexico. Once the Spanish discovered cochineal, the world of color completely changed. Before cochineal, the ability to create this color pink was virtually impossible. Cochineal, and the money it brought with it, was one of the biggest reasons Spain wanted to colonize and move into the New World. Today, obviously, the color pink has been synthesized, though in our Oakland studio, using cochineal is still the way we get these vibrant, unforgettable pinks.
To add a bit of movement and fun to the sachet, Kristine decided to use a style of shibori called itajime. She folded and clamped the fabric, so once the fabric was placed into the cochineal dyepot, the folded and clamped areas would resist the dye. So once completed, when the fabric is unclamped, beautiful, geometric patterns emerge. To add a bit of texture, Kristine added embroidery floss. She did a simple running stitch though there are hundreds of fun variations and possibilities!
Inside this kit:+ One piece of cochineal dyed 100% organic US cotton fabric
+ One piece of natural-colored 100% linen fabric
+ One skein of cochineal dyed 100% cotton embroidery floss
+ Herbal blend of locally-grown lavender and cedar chips (optional add-on)
To complete project, you will need:+ Scissors
+ Embroidery needle
+ Making No. 2 / Fauna