This designer panel is by Ky Fujita for QH Textiles, taking hanafukin panels in a new direction, while staying traditional. This is the second kaza-guruma (windmill) design (first photo), this time with six different traditional sashiko patterns in hexagons, and it coordinates beautifully with the other four kaza-guruma panels in this range (second to fifth photos). Please see my stitching suggestions below for ways to stitch this design to best advantage.
All five kaza-guruma panels would make a great set for a long wallhanging or a table runner!
Hand printed in Japan.
This listing is for one panel.
It is a 'hana fukin' with literally means 'flower cloth' and printed on greige (unbleached natural) fabric, 85% cotton, 15% linen. 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). They may be stitched with a doubled or single thread (or a mixture of both, for an interesting effect), in coloured threads, or white for a very minimalist contemporary look. Any of my medium sashiko threads would be ideal for these panels.
Stitching suggestions for the panel -
Several shades of one colour work look great for stitching these panels, such as shades of blue. A mixture of varigated and solid threads would also work well. White on the creamy greige would give a very contemporary effect, similar to some of the natural linen/white thread combinations currently popular for kogin sashiko.
These hand printed designer panels are more expensive than the other hanafukin I sell, but the patterns are so beautiful, I wanted to start selling them! I have more more designs by Ky Fujita in stock, including larger panels.
Sashiko Cloth by QH Textiles (Australia)
Printed with water-soluble ink - marks wash out
Composition : 85% Cotton, 15% linen
Individual Cloth Size : Approx. 30cm x 60cm (Finished size : 30cm x 30cm)
This unbleached QH greige fabric is a slightly finer weave than the Olympus hanafukin sarashi cotton, although the stitch length is about 3mm (the same as my Olympus panels).
#KF2020-12 'Kaza-guruma 2' (windmill) designer hanafukin sashiko sampler
Hanafukin cloths are traditionally stitched through two layers of fabric (the second layer is the plain section) but can be stitched just through one if you want to add wadding and quilt the panel after finishing the sashiko stitching. For 'quilt as you go', the plain section can be used as a backing.
To stitch through two layers, the cloth can be stitched all round and bagged out before stitching the sashiko; stitched across the short ends with right sides together, then the sashiko stitched, and finally the two selvedges turned in on each other and ladder stitched together; or the edges tucked in using a butted finished and stitched all round. Any of these can also be done after the sashiko is stitched, if you don't want the back of your stitching to be visible.
In addition to simply stitching the whole panel in medium sashiko thread (blues would look great), you can experiment with different colours and thread thicknesses. It would look great with the outlines stitched in one or more colours. Of course, if you are including this panel with others in a quilt or wallhanging, you could take your colour inspirations from the other panels.
The whole panel can be stitched in a single medium sashiko thread or with some threads doubled for a bolder effect. If you wish to stitch in just one colour, try combining the 20m medium sashiko thread with the 80m fine sashiko thread.