#H4025 light blue sashiko hanafukin panel 'konpeitou'
These pre printed panels from Olympus Thread Mfg. Co. are called 'hanafukin' with literally means 'flower cloth'. This one printed in grey on light blue (asagi 浅葱 in Japanese) coloured narrow width traditional sarashi cloth (an easy to stitch traditional Japanese cotton cloth). Also available in white. 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) and make the panel up as a cushion, a bag or whatever you like. NB - with white or light coloured hanafukin, very dark or bright threads might shadow through the fabric slightly.
Stitch with either a single strand of medium sashiko thread or a doubled fine sashiko thread. Marking a complex pattern like konpeito (star candy - just like the tiny Japanese sweets!) over a larger area takes time, but with this cloth, you are ready to stitch straight away. Kits contain a stitching guide (in Japanese) but it is pictorial and very easy to follow. Just keep your lines straight and stitch all the vertical lines first, then the two different diagonals one after the other. Lines are stitched back and forth across the panel. Make a stitch where there is a line on the fabric and leave a gap in between. All the