Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jargon of the Week - Sashing



Dictionary.com defines sashing as:

sash(1)  (sāsh)

–noun
1. a long band or scarf worn over one shoulder or around the waist, as by military officers as a part of the uniform or by women and children for ornament.

–verb (used with object)
2. to furnish or adorn with a sash: a dress sashed at the waist.

Origin:
1585–95; dissimilated var. of shash (turban of) muslin < Ar shāsh

sash(2) (sāsh)
–noun
1. a fixed or movable framework, as in a window or door, in which panes of glass are set.
2. such frameworks collectively.

–verb (used with object)
3. to furnish with sashes or with windows having sashes.

Origin:
1675–85; back formation from sashes (pl.), dissimilated var. of shashes chassis

sash(1) (sāsh)
n.
A band or ribbon worn about the waist as part of one's clothing or over the shoulder as a symbol of rank.
tr.v. sashed, sash·ing, sash·es
To put a band or ribbon about (the waist).

sash(2) (sāsh)
n. A frame in which the panes of a window or door are set.
tr.v. sashed, sash·ing, sash·es
To furnish with a sash.


Dictionary.com does include jargon from the construction industry when defining sashing. Doors and windows and sent into sashes or have sashes.

When a quilter refers to sashing, it is describing the rectangle of fabric separating blocks.

In the photo below, my left hand is resting on the sashing in this quilt. This quilt's sashing is made of the black rectangles.



(Photo above belongs to my grandmother. This quilt is also probably at least a hundred years old and is thought to have been made by my great-great grandmother and her sister-in-law.)

2 comments:

Aunt Spicy said...

Okay, I am having so much fun reading your lovely blog! And that quilt! Wow! What an amazing family heirloom!

Jessica said...

Thanks! The blog is fun to write.

That quilt is my favorite of my grandma's collection. I think I have a thing for black sashing.