Stencil for Sashiko, Boro & Visible Mending
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Stencil for sashiko, boro or visible mending. This is tortoise shell designs, sometimes stitched as a symbolic wish for a long life.
About the design:
This Sashiko design dates back to the 1600's and would have been found stitched on cuffs, shoulder's, collars, knees and elbows of farmer and fishermen's clothing. Wherever the cloth became thin and weak with wear, a patch of stronger cloth was Sashiko stitched over it would keep the garment usable.
This Sashiko design is one of the variations on rice grain Boro designs. It is a style of Sashiko stitching called Hitome-sashi (one stitch Sashiko) and created a dense stitching making it more suitable for mending areas of heavy wear.
This design was also used to stitch household kitchen fabrics.
About the Stencil:
The stencil is made of a composite fibre that is strong, washable, bendable, & not easy to tear (I tried, it doesn't tear although it is thin and has a 'paper-y fibre feel). You can use almost any transfer pen or pencil with these, unlike the thicker acrylic plastic stencils which need a long thin tip to reach the fabric.
Easy to store, space saving, and not breakable.
Size: 12mm x 12mm (4" x 4"). Pattern area is 10mm x 10mm. Stencil thickness is 0.2mm.