QH105N 'Noshi Gift' sashiko panel INDIGO
This stunning large sashiko panel from QH Textiles, 'Noshi Gift', depicts twin noshi bundles against a gridded background. Each strip in the noshi is intricately decorated with a traditional sashiko pattern. Noshi is a traditional motif that brings good luck and represents increase.
Total panel size is 43in (110cm) high x 18in (45cm) wide approx, printed across the full width of the fabric width.
Hand printed in Japan
Stitching suggestions for the panel -
This design would look lovely whether stitched in traditional white or cream thread, or in colours - and noshi are often depicted very colourfully! In colour, the individual ribbons could be outlined in a golden yellow or ochre, and shaded sashiko threads used to stitch the individual sashiko patterns. A combination of red and white stitching on the cords, with red for the tassels, would emphasise the celebratory effect. I've added some detail photos of how I'm stitching this panel, and I'm showing all the steps at the moment in The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook group on Facebook - look for posts tagged 'Noshi Gift panel'. The two red threads and the white thread are both 370m fine sashiko threads, and the others are 100m and 20m medium threads. The background grid can be stitch as is, left unstitched and washed out when finished, or used as the foundation grid to mark a more complex sashiko pattern (and stitched in a darker colour, so as not to overwhelm the noshi motifs).
I suggest edging the raw edges with a machine zigzag or narrow overlock stitch to prevent fraying before you start.
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' and 'Maiko Bloom'.
Sashiko Cloth by QH Textiles (Australia)
Printed with water-soluble ink - marks wash out - do not prewash!