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Books about sashiko


Sashiko (literally meaning 'little stab' or 'little pierce') is a traditional Japanese hand stitching technique that can be used to strengthen, repair, add warmth to or simply decorate fabric.  The wealth of patterns make it a very absorbing textile technique. Click the titles for buying links.

Stitch a 4 1/2in sashiko square for every day of the year!

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A selection of easy projects suitable for beginners, chosen from my other two sashiko books

Sashiko, the traditional Japanese technique of needlework quilting, uses simple running stitch to create beautifully decorative patterns ideal for patchwork, quilting and embroidery. Sashiko (pronounced shash-ko) refers to the small running stitch that is worked to build up distinctive decorative patterns, of which there are hundreds. The book begins by exploring the origins of the technique to strengthen clothes and to make them warmer. Getting Started describes everything you need to begin stitching, including selecting suitable fabrics and threads, marking out patterns on the fabric, as well as the stitching technique itself. Ten project chapters show how easy it is to use sashiko patterns to make beautiful items for the home. The main focus of the book is the step-by-step detail in the pattern library, showing you exactly how to mark and stitch each individual pattern with ease. Finally a gallery of work by contemporary Japanese textile artists from Yuza Sashiko Guild provides extra inspiration.

Taking inspirations from Japanese designs and antiques, I created 25 unique projects exploring geometric and pictorial designs in sashiko. Gain inspiration from the original traditional Japanese pieces which inspired the project designs and a gallery of the my sashiko work. Each chapter features a taster project, ideal for beginners to try the technique, then more challenging larger pieces to perfect new skills.  This book pushes the boundaries of traditional sashiko with many variations on traditional patterns.  While it is an excellent follow up to my first book, it also contains ample information for the beginner and may be used as a stand alone reference on sashiko.  If you are looking for a project-led sashiko book, this could be the one for you.

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Kogin, the counted version of sashiko, and it's sister technique, Nanbu Hishizashi, are explored with over 200 patterns. Just as addictive as sashiko!

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