#QH107 'Seasons Greetings' Christmas sashiko panel RED
NB - This panel is currently out of stock but is on reorder. The manufacturer is reprinting the panels. Estimated date of arrival is end of November 2020. If you want to reserve a panel, I am taking orders but it may be as late as early December before they can be sent out.
This stunning new large sashiko Christmas panel from QH Textiles will help your bring a unique touch to your Christmas decor this year! Printed in silver on a heavier weight cotton that's easy to stitch (similar to some of the Olympus kit fabrics), the tree has lots of detail with the pine 'needles' done as two parallel lines of sashiko stitch (stitch out from the branch and back in). The side panel has a great assortment of decorations to stitch too, which can be made up double sided in sashiko (when there will be 21 decorations) or backed with another fabric for twice that number, either stuffed with a little wadding for a 3D effect or made up flat. I'm going to decorate my tree with buttons so I can attach the decorations with loops of thread.
Total panel size is 30 3/4"(77cm) wide x 43/44" (110cm) high, printed across the width - tree panel section is 20 1/2in (52cm) wide.
Hand printed in Japan
Stitching suggestions for the panel -
There are so many possibilities for these panels. The red one lends itself to a Scandi Christmas style, with the tree and all the decorations stitched in white or cream, or go for a more traditional look with the tree stitched in green and colourful ornaments.
A striped cotton fabric would look great for a simple border, or 'frame' it with a Christmas print.
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.