How to stitch the Kuguri-sashiko Cross Flower Design

By Susan Fletcher
Kuguri Sashiko Stitching

Kuguri Sashiko Cross Flower Design

Kuguri Sashiko (also called kuguri-sashi) is a form of Sashiko stitching that is done two parts. This makes it much much easier to do than it looks like it will be!

This is a quick how-to for stitching this design:

kuguri sashi weaving design Crossed Flower

Step one is to make simple single straight stitches (also called Hitome-Sashi Sashiko)

Oh, wait! First you need to get the design onto your fabric.  I used a stencil, but there are also fabrics printed with wash-out ink that you can buy. 

The stitching pattern for the Kuguri-Sashi design Cross Flower looks like this:

Cross Flower Kuguri-sashi stencil

 Once the design is on your fabric you simply stitch over the markings. Do that by stitching all the horizontal marks starting at one edge of the designd and stitching right across to the other edge for each line.

When the horizontal markings have all been stitched, do the same with all the vertical markings. Again, start at one edge and stitch right across to the other edge for each line of stitching.

Your stitching will look like the design, but now it is in thread :-)

Kuguri sashiko stencil design on fabric

Step two.

The Kuguri part is weaving under the stitches with thread. For this step you will only put your needle through the fabric at the beginning and end of a line of stitching, the rest will be done by sliding your needle under the existing stitches (it can be easier to use the eye end of your needle)

Start by bringing your needle up where you can see I have in the photo below, weave it under each thread as you see in the photo, and then put it back through the fabric at the last stitch.

beginning the weaving stitch

  Continue until all the horizontal lines are woven.

Kuguri sashi weaving

 completed it will look like this:

kuguri-sashiko weaving

The final step for this design is to weave the same way but in the opposite direction. It may feel confusing for a minute but take a breathe and your brain will figure it out. 

At the top of the photo below I have finished the weaving across for three lines so you can see the pattern is emerging.

At the bottom of the same photo I have tried to show how to start this. On the right hand side is an arrow pointing to the place you will want to bring you needle up for your first stitch.

I find this the most complicated thing for my brain to figure out- once you get this spot located it all makes sense again - you just weave across the design to the other edge the same way as you did before, but using the nearest unused stitch of the +'s as you go.

When you get to the other side of the design, put you needle through to the back of the fabric and come up a the closest unused + stitch on the next line.

Again, weave right across the fabric and then just keep repeating until the design is finished :-)

the last part of the kuguri-sashi weaving


Apologies for the bad lighting making my colours dull in the photographs. I like to stitch on the couch in the evenings - but it's not conducive to the best photos!


Kuguri-sashiko Cross Flower

Here are links for the supplies you might need if you want to make this.  The 4" stencil makes a beautiful cup coaster.

Have fun, enjoy your project!



General Information for how to stitch Sashiko samplers, including Kuguri Sashiko

How to stitch the Asagao Kuguri Sashiko design