Sashiko - 20 Projects Using Traditional Japanese Stitching
By Jill Clay
Learn the stunning art of Sashiko stitching with this comprehensive guide that s packed with inspirational ideas. Meaning little stabs, it s a traditional Japanese sewing method that uses evenly spaced running stitches to create eye-catching geometric patterns. It has a humble background, originating as a form of darning a way to strengthen weak areas of clothing. However, its utilitarian beginnings have since been shed, and it is now a popular form of decorative embroidery. Sashiko Craft explores the history of this strikingly effective technique and demonstrates how to apply it to a range of useful and ornamental items for the home, accessories and gifts. Minimalist by nature, Sashiko sits perfectly in modern interiors as well as traditional environments, giving it broad appeal. Following thorough guidance on the tools, materials and basic techniques, 20 appealing projects are presented. These include large-scale items such as bedding, a door curtain and wall-hanging, and smaller items, such as brooches, greetings cards and notebook covers. Finally, there is a section of 20 patterns and motifs that readers can choose from and use as templates for their own unique Sashiko designs.