Kurgurizashi Sashiko Pre-printed Fabric, Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
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Take your Sashiko stitching to the next level. This La Boutquetiere Sashiko cotton fabric combines Hitomezashi Sashiko designs and Kugurizashi Sashiko designs on a 12" x 12" square white cotton fabric.
Hitomezashi (one-stitch sashiko) designs are as easy and relaxing as plain sashiko stitching. You simply thread your needle with sashiko thread and stitch over the printed markings. Start with stitching all the vertical lines, then stitch all the horizontal lines, and finally stitch all the diagonal lines. For each line you stitch it is important to stitch all the way from one side of the fabric to the other (don't change directions) As your stitching progresses you will see the design emerge from your straight stitched lines.
Kugurizashi weaves under the Hitomezashi Sashiko stitching to create beautiful patterns and textures. It looks more complicated than it is once you grasp the basic technique.
- "Cherry Blossoms" pre-printed fabric comes with and good diagrams for how to stitch, but the instructions are in Japanese only.
- Thread needed: Total 100 meters
- Skill level: Experienced confident Hitomezashi sashiko stitcher.
- Recommended books in english for learning these sashiko techniques: Amazing Sashiko or Sashiko & Color.
- This blog may be useful: An Easy Kuguri Project
- Care: 100% cotton cloth. Hand wash in warm water, towel dry. Press face down with steam.
- Size: The fabric is about 13" X 26". You are meant to fold the unprinted half behind the printed half and stitch through both layers.
- Uses: These 12" x 12" finished stitchings can be hemmed and used as they are, or used for cushions, quilt blocks, or in other sewing projects.
WHAT are Hitomesashi and Kugurisashi SASHIKO?
Hitomezashi is a sashiko stitching style. The designs are made up of single stitches in straight lines across the fabric. The stitching covers the fabric more densely than simple sashiko designs. This technique was used to make cloth stronger where it would get a lot of wear (cuffs, collars, knees...) and for mending. Today we are stitching it for its beauty and because it is relaxing and enjoyable.
Kugurizashi is a more advanced sashiko stitching technique which involves using the Hitomezashi stitching as the base layer to weave threads to create beautiful patterns and textures.
These designs are also used for boro stitching (visible mending)