#986 black sashiko hanafukin panel 'kanzashi to kazari kushi'
These pre printed panels from Olympus Thread Mfg. Co. are called 'hana fukin' with literally means 'flower cloth'. They are printed in grey on black 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 have done).
'Kanzashi to kazari kushi' shows a collection of traditional kanzashi hairpins and kazari kushi, combs used as accessories for traditional Japanese women's hairstyles. These were made from various materials including gold and silver metals, tortoiseshell and lacquer, so you could use sashiko thread in various colours to stitch them.
Thread requirements - The (1) on the label indicates that to stitch this all in one colour, just one skein of 20m sashiko thread is needed, but they look great stitched in multicolours too.
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.