#582 sashiko hanafukin panel 'nejiri ume to asanoha' - yellow ochre
These pre printed panels from Olympus Thread Mfg. Co. are called 'hana fukin' with literally means 'flower cloth'. They are printed in grey on yellow ochre coloured narrow width traditional sarashi cloth (an easy to stitch traditional Japanese cotton cloth). Each panel is supplied in one piece with a plain area the same size attached, because they are designed to be stitched through both layers and the edges turned in to make a little cloth, but you can stitch the printed layer separately (as I often do).
Nejiri ume to asanoha means 'twisted plum blossom and hemp leaf'. Plum blossoms are traditionally associated with the lunar New Year and are one of the 'three friends of winter' - pine, plum and bamboo - but this fabric matches the yellow ochre versions of the tonbo (dragonflies) hanafukin and coaster kit, so would combine well in a wall hanging or other project, despite having different seasons! Stitching guide included, in Japanese, but with easy to follow diagrams.
Sarashi cloth is quite lightweight compared with other sashiko fabrics, but is very easy to stitch, super absorbent and wears well. It is one of the fabrics traditionally used for kimono underwear!
Finished size approx 13in (33cm) square.
Marks wash out. NB - the marks have less contrast than my pre printed sashiko panels.
Designed and made by Olympus Thread Mfg. Co.in Japan.