Sashiko Sampler - Tree with Birds
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Sashiko Hana Fukin. Tree with Birds (also called Tree of Life design) is printed on white 100% cotton fabric.
When ordering choose from: Fabric only or fabric with needles and thread.
Hana Fukin means a cloth for household use. You can use these in the kitchen to cover a bowl of fruit, eggs or breads, or as absorbent tea towels. Or you could make a cushion, or stitch several to make a runner. Stitch a few more and make a quilt top...
The design is printed on the fabric in dashed lines which will wash out after you have completed your stitching. You just thread your sashiko needle with sashiko thread and enjoy the stitching.
The sashiko printed design is 12" x 12" but the fabric provided is 13" x 26". For a nicer and more traditional sashiko piece, fold the unprinted fabric to the back of the printed fabric and do the stitching through both layers. (This also keeps the thread on the back showing through the fabric on the white fabric pieces)
Use sashiko thread in one or more colors, Two 20 meter skeins will be enough. I've included English directions in this pkg. There is also a blog entry with pictures here.
This fabric and the sashiko thread will become prettier after being washed a few times. Be sure to finish any raw edges first, but then you can throw it in the washing machine. Remove while damp and iron.
Note: Please do not iron the design before you have stitched it or the printed design may not wash out later.