Some of the best things in life are quite often the most simple things. Take, for instance, this whole wheat bread. It's a simple recipe, but one that yields a beautiful loaf of bread that's perfect for toast, sandwiches, and just enjoying with butter and jam.
(Note from Shannon: Or peanut butter… I like to rip off chunks of this bread and slather them with peanut butter. Okay… back to Jason's recipe.)
For this recipe we chose to use a combination of 50% bread flour and 50% half whole wheat flour. This makes a loaf that is wonderfully chewy, but not overly dense – as 100% whole wheat can sometimes be. The addition of the 10 Grain Hot Cereal Mix adds a delicious nutty quality and great toothy character.
We baked our loaves shaped into a torpedo right on a pizza stone, but this loaf will be just as good baked in a loaf pan. That choice is yours.
I'm sure most of you will agree that nothing beats the smell of a freshly baked loaf of bread, and we hope you take a little time to make this one. You'll be glad you did.
Part One: The Night Before
Make Your "Sponge"
Part Two: Lets Make Bread
Make the Dough
Part Three: Baking
Get these puppies in the oven!
While loaves are rising
Eat and Enjoy
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Complete Crochet Course - Autographed Copy
From renowned crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby comes the ultimate reference manual for the absolute beginner to experienced pro.
Filled with step-by-step photography throughout for an easy-to-follow and fully visual experience, this unparalleled guide teaches you how to crochet from the very first stitch—and will keep you crocheting as you gain experience! The Complete Crochet Course explains all the tools, materials, and techniques you need, from choosing a hook and yarn to seaming, working in the round, handling specialty stitches, and adding details. We've included ten patterns, perfectly designed for novices eager to complete their first projects, while intermediates can enjoy mastering even more advanced skills.
Sashiko Vest #1 Digital Pattern
Literally meaning "little stabs" or "little pierce", Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. We added Sashiko stitching elements to a vest based on Japanese patching technique, Boro to complete this design.
Boro came to predominately signify clothing worn by the peasant farming classes in the Edo era of Japan who mended their garments with spare fabric scraps out of economic necessity. A boro garment would most likely be handed down over generations, eventually resembling a patchwork after decades of mending. Only in the modern era are we beginning to see the care and beauty of these textiles.
Sashiko Vest #1 is a long vest sewn using Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric cotton cloth, then hand stitched in various Sashiko patterns using The Shibaguyz FAB Sashiko Essentials thread collection from Aurifil Thread.
Fabric: Body - Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric in Indigo.
Patches - Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric from fat quarters in various colors.
Sashiko Stitching - Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby hand stitched Hitomezashi Sashiko patterns (where the pattern emerges from the alignment of single stitches made on a grid) then the garment pieces are machine sewn.
Instructions for making the vest in Sizes Small through 5X and doing the sashiko stitching.
Fabric amounts for all sizes
Detailed schematics, stitching instructions for the vest and for the sashiko embellishments
Small (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
To Fit Measured Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)" / 81.3 (91.4, 101.6, 111.8, 121.9, 132.1, 142.2, 152.4)cm
To Fit Finished Bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)" / 86.4 (96.5, 106.7, 116.8, 127.0, 137.2, 147.3, 157.5)cm
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
2 YDs (3 YD for XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X)
10 fat quarters in various colors for patches
PLUS Two more fat quarters in the same color for the F Patch 1 (left and right)
Sashiko Needle and Thimble
Sashiko Pattern Templates
Not Required, but will make it easier
Circular plastic grid
Washable or heat removable White Marking Pen from Clover
Washable Blue fabric marking pen(s)
Shannon and Jason
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