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Sashiko, the traditional Japanese technique of needlework quilting, uses a simple running stitch to create beautifully decorative patterns ideal for patchwork, quilting, and embroidery. Sashiko (pronounced shash-ko) means ‘little stab’ and refers to the small running stitch that is worked to build up distinctive decorative patterns, of which there are over 100 in this book.
The book begins by exploring the origins of the technique to strengthen clothes and to make them warmer. Getting Started describes everything you need to begin stitching, including selecting suitable fabrics and threads, marking out patterns on the fabric, as well as the stitching technique itself. Ten project chapters show how easy it is to use sashiko patterns to make beautiful items for the home. The sashiko patterns are described in step-by-step detail in the pattern library, showing you exactly how to achieve each individual pattern with ease. Finally, a gallery of work by contemporary Japanese textile artists provides extra inspiration. Everything you need to get started with sashiko!