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Hitomezashi sashiko ready to stitch sampler block. White Fabric. 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. 3 to 4 - 20 yard pkgs of sashiko thread should be enough for these kits.
The design is printed 12" x 12" but the fabric provided is 13" x 26". Fold the unprinted half of the fabric behind the printed half and do the stitching through both layers. Begin by stitching the horizontal lines, then stitch the verticle lines.
Hitomezashi is a type of sashiko stitching. Hitomezashi designs cover the fabric more densely than simple sashiko designs and although they are still stitched using a running stitch and following the lines from side to side across the fabric, the emerging designs tend to look like individual motif repeats. As with all sashiko stitching you will take care to leave some looseness in your threads at the back of the fabric allow the fabric to lay flat as the stitching continues, and to allow for a little shrinkage in the thread when it is washed.
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.
Use these for pretty covers over bread or fruit bowls in the kitchen, or to make a cushion. Stitch several blocks and make a runner, or stitch a few more and make a quilt top. They also make absorbent kitchen tea towels.
Note: Please do not iron the design before you have stitched it or the printed design may not wash out later.
Find more about how to do sashiko stitching, especially how to leave slack thread when turning corners or carrying thread over an area on the back, in our blog.