Kuguri Sashi "Ikokufu"
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Kuguri-sashi is a two step stitching technique that creates a beautiful textured pattern on the fabric. The first step is to stitch a hitome-sashi pattern (one stitch sashiko), the second is to weave under those stitches with your needle and thread. Kuguri-sashiko is sometimes called 'sashiko and weaving'.
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.
You will need 6 skeins of Olympus 20 meter sashiko thread for this Asagao pattern. (2 skeins for stitching & 4 skeins for weaving)
The instructions for individual patterns are in Japanese but with good diagrams, plus there is a page of general 'how to do Kuguri-Sashi' in English which you can apply to all the kuguri-sashi patterns.
Size & Fabric: 100% cotton fabric. The fabric is 13" x 24" and you are meant to fold the unprinted fabric part behind the printed fabric side and stitch through both layers. The finished piece will be 12" X 12". Hem and use it alone, or sew into another project.
The print washes away completely so please do not get the fabric damp before you are finished stitching! Also do not iron before you are finished and have washed out the printed markings. Heat may set them.