Kugurizashi Sashiko Pre-printed Fabric, Asagao Pattern


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This Asagao pattern is pre-printed with wash out ink to make it easy to start your stitching. Although it looks look impressively complicated the stitching breaks down into easy to do enjoyable stitching steps!  

Asagao pattern belongs to a style of sashiko stitching called Kugurizashi (weaving under stitches). It is a two step sashiko stitching style. First you stitch a Hitomezashi (one stitch) sashiko pattern and then you weave under those stitches to create a kugurizashi sashiko pattern.

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 the sashiko stitching.  It also deepens the texture of the cloth so that as it is washed and dried it becomes increasingly interesting.   

  • Blog with English language instructions with photographs (the package contains Japanese only instructions but with good diagrams)
  • Recommended book: (in English) for learning Kugurizashi and Hitomezashi Sashiko stitching: Amazing Sashiko
  • Thread needed for this pattern: 120 meters sashiko thread 
  • Care: 100% cotton cloth.  Hand wash in warm water, towel dry.  Press face down with steam.
  • Finished size:  12" x 12"
  • Note: Kugurizashiko is also translated Kugurisashi and Kuguri-sashi. For ease of use I call it Kuguri sashiko also. Whatever you call it it is a beautiful stitching technique!

The fabric is 13" x 26" and you are meant to fold the unprinted fabric part behind the printed 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.

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