What is Sashiko?
I'm glad you asked as now we can look at lots of pretty pictures!
- •Sashiko is a traditional Japanese type of sewing that is used to strengthen worn fabricPeople would use it to add a fabric patch over a torn or frayed area or strengthen a weak area.
- •It was also used decoratively for gift wrapping or clothing
- •Unlike most stitches, you don't do each stitch individuallyInstead you load up stitches on a very long needle and pull them all through together
- •If you're doing it correctly, the front and back of the fabric should be identicalIt's very difficult though.
- •Traditional patterns are geometric and use white thread on indigo fabric
- •Motifs include fans
- •Nowadays you can buy more modern patterns and colourful threadsI stitched this one from a kit!
- •The fabric comes printed with the stitches so it's fairly easy. You wash it out after.
- •The piece I was working on in that list - A Photo and Description of What Is In Front of Me, Right This Very Second - is a matching design to the bunny but with my own Mt Fuji characterIt turned out so cute! Though a bit wobbly in places...
- •I'm going to sew them into a double sided pillow cover soon.
- •If you're interested in trying sashiko yourself, check out my blog (link in profile) and search for sashiko.I wrote about my first attempt and some good stores to buy patterns and supplies. I'll have a post about the Fuji design there tomorrow.