The quilters among us will recognize this stitch type but some of us are only just now finding about this really beautiful embroidery work.
Sashiko is of Japanese origin and a traditional and distinctive form of embroidery. The characteristic running stitches (hence name Sashiko which translates into "little stabs") are normally created with white thread on blue fabric. Japanese farmers did Sashiko to quilt together several layers of fabric for warmth and durability. That format is still used in winter apparel especially for children's coats. Sashiko patterns are a little scarce, but you will recognize the 'feeling' it portrays.
Designs courtesy of Sylvia-Pippens.com
There are patterns of three types: linear, curvy and single-stitch ("hitome zashi") patterns. The patterns can be used to make beautiful and useful items such as napkins, tablecloths, placemats and runners; tote bags; pillows; curtains and wall hangings.
I found a great kitten design, right here at AnnTheGran that will create one beautiful design. It is one of Ann's Club beauties. I remember from my college days that when creating or solving anything, start with the end in mind. That works out very well for this project because it helps to know if you are utilizing the right ingredients or not.
This is a freebie, click on the photo to go to the link. However, I always patronize where I learn, it is only appropriate.
There are many beautiful and interesting outlines that will really would be terrific as a toss pillow for a sofa or an outdoor chair or even a wall hanging, which is what I am doing.
This Flamingo can be bought either as a single or in a pack - I love this single! (Click on the design to go to the pack by Adorable Ideas and you can select a single if you prefer.)
Or, you can get the entire 30 designs for less than $2 each by selecting this link to the pack.
I did use my software to duplicate the cat multiple times. Once you have made a copy of the first cat and paste it, you have created a duo. Copy that and create the next group. Don't just copy a single and try to place them one at a time. That is difficult and will result in placement that will need a lot of adjustment.
I am really pleased with the outcome of the cats. LOL, I am going to call it "Cat on a Mat." While I am a dog person, these cats are truly interesting in their presentation.
When I am finished, I will be using mats and a frame to create something unique.
As you may well know, I love vibrant colors and found this to be just right for me.
As I am finishing up this project, I am thinking of so many ways to use this type of work. The first thing that came to mind was on one side of a silk pajama buttoned top; then the curtains in your kitchen window with some sheer fabric; and, last but not least, a table cloth for your favorite little girl's table.
You may remember that I did a blog on a Chinese design style called Chinoiserie (shen waz-ne) which has that oriental touch as well.
I hope you find something you love as much as I love this one.