The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook
If you buy just one sashiko book to start, this is probably the most useful one in English.
Sashiko, the traditional Japanese technique of needlework quilting, uses simple running stitch to create beautifully decorative patterns ideal for patchwork, quilting and embroidery. Sashiko (pronounced shash-ko) means 'little stab' and refers to the small running stitch that is worked to build up distinctive decorative patterns, of which there are ove 100 in this book.
We begin by exploring the origins of the technique to strengthen clothes and to make them warmer. Getting Started describes everything you need to begin stitching, including selecting suitable fabrics and threads, marking out patterns on the fabric, as well as the stitching technique itself. Ten project chapters show how easy it is to use sashiko patterns to make beautiful items for the home. The sashiko patterns are described in step-by-step detail in the pattern library, showing you exactly how to achieve each individual pattern with ease. Finally a gallery of work by contemporary Japanese textile artists provides extra inspiration. Everything you need to get started with sashiko!
Each book will be signed by Susan, with the special message 'ganbatte kudasai' - which means 'work hard' in Japanese.
'When I started stitching sashiko, I couldn't find many books in English, so when I wrote 'The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook', I tried to create the book I would have wanted to buy.'