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April 19, 2018

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Why Sashiko Designs Don’t Bore Your Brain

Sashiko Sayagata Cushion

Why don’t we get tired of the traditional sashiko designs?

What makes them still ‘work’ for us even after looking at them for several years, as I have been doing?

They are, after all, pretty simple looking geometric designs.

Here is why I think our brains remain pleased and interested...


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March 01, 2018

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Sashiko? Kogin? Hitomezashi? Boro? What are we stitching?

Which one are you stitching? 

Sashiko? Kogin? Hitomezashi? Boro? 

What all 4 techniques have in common, and how they differ...

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About Sashiko Needles

I can't tell you that for certain which sashiko needle is best to use. It depends on a few variables.
I've listed some of these, and my thoughts about the needles we carry online, in this blog entry.
Sashiko Needles sashiko needlesSashiko Needles - Olympus brand and Clover brand
Sashiko needles are longer and thicker than the needles most of us use, and most have large eyes for threading thick cotton sashiko threads. 
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February 22, 2018

Just for inspiration ›   sashiko ›  

Hitomezashi Sashiko Stitching

Hitomezashi stitching is a type of sashiko stitching.  Both are made up of small straight stitches and both are used for mending and patching fabrics...kogin View full article →
February 08, 2018

Tribute to my hand sewing needles for Broken Needle Day

I love this poem for it's expression of gratitude for a favored hand sewing needle.  I can't remember where I first found it, but I know it was in early February when I was looking for a way to mark Broken Needle Day.

I combined it with this photograph of my hands sashiko stitching a runner, framed it in a wood frame deep enough to set an antique bottle on, and there I keep my broken, bent and worn out needles.

In a world of such amazing and complicated technology, it is not a bad thing to be reminded of how much such a simple tool can do. 

Happy Stitching,



What is Broken Needle Day?

Broken Needle Day. It's a day for pausing to be mindful of how much our needles make possible for us.  It might sound a bit silly if you are not in love with hand stitching....but consider it a moment anyway...tulip hand sewing needles View full article →

How do I quilt my sashiko stitched fabric?

So you have sashiko stitched your fabric and now it's time to make it into something... and the something you want to make needs a layer of filling between sashiko stitched top fabric and the backing fabric...

I use already quilted batting (filling)....

already quilted batting layer for sashiko

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Sashiko Thread and How Not to End with a Tangled Mess!

sashiko thread
Skeins. Really?

Here I am all ready to settle in and stitch miles of sashiko and I realize that every thread I need is going to be a project itself to get off the skein! Argh!

Here is the solve for this frustrating problem:
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What to do with those 12"x12" pre printed sashiko projects?

Many of us enjoy stitching the 12" x 12" ready to stitch preprinted sashiko sampler designs made by Olympus, Japan. We just aren't sure what they are for! Recently new ones came available and the header on them calls them Hana-fukin, so I looked it up.

Hana-fukin is the name for a useful household cloth.  It could be a tea towel or dish cloth, or a clean square of cloth to put under a meal, or use in the center of a table, or to cover a bowl of fruit or eggs, or to cover cooling cookies or cake....


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