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This hitomezashi sashiko design is ready to stitch. The design is printed on the cotton 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.
Choose navy or white fabric. You will need 5 skeins of Olympus 20 meter sashiko thread.
The sashiko design is 12" x 12" but the fabric provided is 13" x 26". For a nicer and more traditional sashiko piece, fold the fabric and do the stitching through both layers. Learn more about Hitomezashi stitching here.
Hitomezashi sashiko designs cover the fabric more densely than simple sashiko designs. It was used where fabric would get a lot of wear to make it stronger (cuffs, collars, handles...). As with all sashiko stitching you will take care to leave some looseness in your threads at the back of the project to allow for it to stay flat as the stitching continues and when washed. Here is a blog for more about that :-)
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 from dryer while damp and iron.
Hem your finished cloth and use it in the kitchen to cover a bowl of fruit or in a bread basket, or make a cushion, or stitch several blocks and make a runner, or stitch a few more and make a quilt top...or even use them as absorbent tea towels.
Note: Please do not iron the design before you have stitched it or the printed design may not wash out later.