Arts & Crafts Sashiko Embroidery - Show off here!


BV ~ Ferragamo ~ TODs
Aug 17, 2007
In the Forest
I went to a sewing expo last week and saw a Sashiko demonstration. I thought I would try this and have ordered a pattern and some indigo dyed cotton.

Has anyone tried this? My good Japanese friend said she learned as a child and while the designs and stitching are simple, precision is of the utmost importance.

Here is some history on Sashiko from wikipedia:

Sashiko (刺し子?, literally "little stabs") is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread.
Many Sashiko patterns were derived from Chinese designs, but just as many were developed by the Japanese themselves. The artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) published the book New Forms for Design in 1824, and these designs have inspired many Sashiko patterns.

Here is an example of some designs:
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Loves Charms & Bags
Feb 17, 2009
I've taken a couple of classes on using Japanese fabrics in quilt making and learned some Sashiko in the classes. I did some Sashiko stitching, but it's not my favorite, probably because the indigo fabric is plain not printed, and I like the visual interest of working with the Japanese prints.

I'd suggest starting something small to see if you like it, before committing to a large project.