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This is a 'how to' for stitching the hemp leaf part of the Hemp leaf and Coin sashiko and weaving design.
Sashiko and weaving projects use sashiko stitching to create a firm base of stitching through which other threads can be woven to create a textured design.
I've used a lot of photographs for this design. I didn't find it the easiest design to figure out, so I hope the step by step photos will make it so you can see where to start and which thread to go under easily.
Start by stitching the straight marked lines
Begin the weaving at one corner and weave through the last stitches on the edge.
It's easier to use the needle eye end to pass your thread under the sashiko stitches.
Take a stitch under the fabric and come up at the next line of sashiko stitching. Weave back to the bottom. Take a stitch under the fabric and come up at the next yellow stitch.
The thread colors you choose are up to you. You could stitch this in one color only, or try variegated thread colors. I used these colors to make it easy to see the steps.
Start the next part of the weaving from a bottom corner. If you notice the yellow sashiko stitches are in sets of threes (except the edge ones) - you are going to pass this thread under the center of the sets of three every time (agains except at the edge where you will use the outer yellow stitch.
When you reach the top take a stitch under the fabric and come up at the pre printed dot marked on the fabric.
Bring your needle out at the marked dot and then run that thread from the top to the bottom, straight down, under the yellow sashiko threads.
zig zag weave back to the top
Continue until finished. Below is half of the Olympus pre printed fabric. There are four circles linked together by the yellow sashiko stitching.
I think this might make a nice front and back of a needle book.
The directions that come with this will say to wash gently in warm water and press gently but I washed this sample by squishing it about in hot water like I was cleaning out a rag, then I put it in the dryer until it was almost dry, then steam pressed it from the front. So all the stuff you think you shouldn't do to your hand stitched project! I did this because I wanted the fabric to tighten and the threads to shed the bit of fuzziness typical of sashiko threads. It creates a bit deeper texture and now I can just throw it in the washer after I sew it into something. But remember I left lots of looseness in my threads as I stitched - if you didn't you had better stick to the gentle gentle method of handling! :-D
Sashiko began as a functional stitching, and antique pieces of it get so much of their beauty from that they have been used and washed repeatedly, so I see no reason not to do the same with mine. But that doesn't mean you should treat yours like that!
Happy Stitching everyday :-)
Talk to you again soon,