The Ultimate Kogin Collection

The Ultimate Kogin Collection



Discover the beautiful Japanese pattern darning technique kogin and how it can be used to create stunning stitched and quilted projects. Kogin is a variety of the popular Japanese embroidery technique sashiko and is rapidly becoming as popular as its 'big sister'. Originally used to add warmth and beauty to clothing around Hirosaki city in Aomori prefecture, it has experienced several revivals since the mid twentieth century and is no longer only stitched in white on indigo but embraces colourful threads and fabrics as well.


After researching traditional kogin on several trips to Hirosaki, I have compiled a collection of over 230 pattern charts (kogin is a counted embroidery technique) - and 12 accompanying projects to create The Ultimate Kogin Collection, following on from The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook.  All the basics you need are included, as well as a fascinating history of kogin. Everything is clearly illustrated with detailed step by step photos and diagrams, with the traditional designs in easy to read charts.

The projects range from small and very accessible items such as simple greetings cards and coasters to larger projects including a wall hanging, cushion, table runner and bags. You can mix and match designs from the pattern directory and use the book for your own projects, as well as the perfect introduction to kogin (and the related Nanbu Hishizashi from the eastern part of Aomori Prefecture). A handy suppliers list is included - I also have a wide range of kogin threads, fabrics and materials in my online store.

Have fun, but be warned - like sashiko, kogin is highly addictive!

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: SewandSo (7 Jun. 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1446307328

ISBN-13: 978-1446307328

Product Dimensions: 21 x 1 x 27.3 cm

  • Errata

    Errata report! Spotted by a reader (unfortunately, not before she had had to unpick - sorry!)
    Sampler diagram photo, page 50 - pattern 12 (dark blue) should be labelled as pattern 36 in the pattern directory. I'm guessing we didn't spot that one because 12 (fukube, gourd) is a smaller version of 36 (kurumi gara, walnut's shell) - the larger one has musubi bara (flower knot, motif 6) in the corners which are four of the smaller hanako (flower, motif 3). This info has been passed to my editor, to see if it can be corrected in future editions. See third photo above.

    Please correct your copy.

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