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This pre printed, ready to stitch Hana-Fukin cloth is a nice project to try stitched-plus-woven sashiko for the first time. I like this process of weaving an additional thread under the stitched threads. It adds another layer of peaceful meditative movement to the process of sashiko stitching these useful small cloths. It also deepens the texture of the cloth so that as it is washed and dried it becomes increasingly interesting.
There is a how-to blog for this design in our sashiko blogs. The instructions that come with it are are in Japanese but the diagrams are very good. You will need 6 skeins of Olympus 20 meter sashiko thread and a sashiko needle.
From Olympus, Japan, this is the same cotton fabric as the other Hana-Fukin cloths we carry. It makes a 12 x 12 inch finished cloth which you can add into other sewing projects or them and use alone.