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October 17, 2016

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Indigo blue cloth and sashiko stitching

sashiko stitched linen over dyed with indigo

....when manufactured cotton cloth became available, the peasant class continued to use indigo to over dye their sashiko stitched garments and bedding. The indigo strengthened the cloth, and no doubt gave coherence to the pieced and patched garments and household linens....

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Sashiko Stitching on Wool Fabrics

Sashiko stitched background on wool applique bag

....that if you have a solid color piece of wool and it seems a little too flat, you can add some energy and texture to it by adding some sashiko stitching.


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Sashiko Stitching Using Stencils

 Sashiko Stitching Using Stencils for Designing

Try using stencils for a quick and easy way to design your own sashiko project.

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Sashiko Stitching Images. Does it Work?

sashiko kissing fish

Stitching images with sashiko? Why not? Some examples...

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Everyday Sashiko

sashiko mug mat
If you already sashiko stitch, then you know sashiko stitching is addictive. Happily, it also washes and wears well for household use, so you can make everyday functional items and let the family eat on them, sit on them, even walk on them, no worries.
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July 04, 2016

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White cotton thread and sashiko stitching

sashiko stitching

....The wives being often too poor to purchase bundles of rags individually would group together to purchase, clean, sort and sashiko stitch the rags together to make clothing, bedding and household fabrics. It is around this time that white cotton thread appears in sashiko stitching.

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A Little Bit About Symbolism in Sashiko

How does symbolism in design happen?

...I think its likely that women doing this stitching found it more interesting if they based the designs on things that had meaning for them. This would account for why designs that represent the sea and fishing are found on the coastal fishing peoples clothing (diamond waves for example) and designs having to do with crops (plowed fields, windblown grasses) are found on the clothing of the inland farming peoples.

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May 30, 2016

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Sashiko Stitching as an Embellishment on Handbags

pieced bag

I use sashiko thread and stitch a few random lines on prints and plain fabrics quite often just to add texture and interest. The thing to remember when doing it is to make your stitches – I know you know the rest of this sentence! -

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Things You Can Do with the Pre Printed Flax Leaf Sashiko Design

sashiko hexagons pre printed fabric
...so I guess it will be no surprise that after I got over my initial dislike of the idea of having the stitching design already decided and on the fabric, I started looking for what else I could do with them :-D View full article →

Things You Can Do with the Pre Printed Sashiko Linked Circles Design


Linked Circles Sashiko Design, Partial Stitching

There are multiple designs that can be stitched from the linked circles sashiko pre printed fabric by stitching some lines and washing the rest away...

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