I'm glad you asked as now we can look at lots of pretty pictures!
  1. Sashiko is a traditional Japanese type of sewing that is used to strengthen worn fabric
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    People would use it to add a fabric patch over a torn or frayed area or strengthen a weak area.
  2. It was also used decoratively for gift wrapping or clothing
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  3. Unlike most stitches, you don't do each stitch individually
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    Instead you load up stitches on a very long needle and pull them all through together
  4. If you're doing it correctly, the front and back of the fabric should be identical
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    It's very difficult though.
  5. Traditional patterns are geometric and use white thread on indigo fabric
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  6. Motifs include fans
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  7. Waves
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  8. Flowers
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  9. Nowadays you can buy more modern patterns and colourful threads
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    I stitched this one from a kit!
  10. The fabric comes printed with the stitches so it's fairly easy. You wash it out after.
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  11. 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 character
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    It turned out so cute! Though a bit wobbly in places...
  12. I'm going to sew them into a double sided pillow cover soon.
  13. 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.