#QH10 'Wagara' sashiko panel INDIGO
This stunning large sashiko panel from QH Textiles has a great selection of designs. Printed in silver on a heavier weight cotton that's easy to stitch (similar to some of the Olympus kit fabrics) it includes -
- nine larger 10in (25cm approx) squares that combine traditional sashiko designs and kamon crests.
- twelve smaller 3 1/2in (9cm approx) squares , six with kanji and six with smaller patterns.
- one rectangular panel featuring sashiko patterns in circles, approx 12 x 7in (30.5 x 18cm).
- one rectangular panel with a large noshi bundle design, 23 x 10in (58.5 x 25 cm) approx.
- one rectangular panel with bamboo and dragonflies, 17 x 10 inches (43 x 25 cm) approx.
Total panel size is 39in (100cm) high x 43/44" (110cm) wide, printed across the full width of the fabric width.
Hand printed in Japan
Stitching suggestions for the panel -
There are so many possibilities for these panels. Either stitch it as a complete panel for a wallhanging or as a quilt centre, or cut the panel along the lines between the squares and use it to make other things - the larger panels would be great for projects like place mats, cushion centres, bag panels etc. while the smaller ones would make lovely coasters, greetings card panels or combine with patchwork for block centres. I suggest edging any raw edges with a machine zigzag or narrow overlock stitch to prevent fraying, and cutting the panel into smaller pieces at the beginning if that is how you are going to stitch the panels - it is always easier to stitch a series of small panels rather than one large one.
The indigo is the super dark 'kon iro' shade, similar to the colour of Yuza Sashiko Guild's fabric, which may look black in some lighting. It isn't a natural indigo, so it won't come off on your hands or run. It is the same colour as the other larger QH panels, like 'Seasons Greetings'.
Sashiko Cloth by QH Textiles (Australia)
Printed with water-soluble ink - marks wash out
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. Black wadding is recommended, because it doesn't show or beard through the fabric.
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 white sashiko thread, you can experiment with different colours and thread thicknesses. It would look great with the circle 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. Whatever colours you choose, remember the lightest colours, white especially, will appear bolder against the dark blue fabric, while colours like deep red will recede, rather than create a bright accent in your stitching.
The whole panel can be stitched in a single medium sashiko thread or with some threads doubled for a bolder effect, such as the circle outlines. If you wish to stitch in just one colour, try combining the 20m medium sashiko thread with the 80m fine sashiko thread. The colours are identical and the finer thread could be used to give a very delicate effect to the hitomezashi patterns.