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Sashiko - I Am Taking A Stab At This One

Sashiko - I Am Taking A Stab At This One

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, place mats and runners; tote bags; pillows; curtains and wall hangings.

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. 


sashiko cat 4x4 3k one color The Avid Embroiderer.zip (91.4KB)

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. 


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.

Chinoiserie (shēnˌwäz-rēˈ)
Chinoiserie (shēnˌwäz-rēˈ)

I hope you find something you love as much as I love this one. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

Comments (11) -

Love this idea, Pat!

Reminds me of a triple stich.

Subtle impact.

I'll bet redwork designs would work too.

Thanks for the ideas and the freebie!  I would sure love to know the origin of the owl and the flower designs.

Good Morning - Sewblest, I was thinking of doing the bean/triple stitch on my cats.  In this case, I would have created 3 cats on top of each other before going on to the next cat.

The reason is that sometimes, fabrics will slip.  

I am going to see about getting some of these designs available here at AnnTheGran.  

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

Sashiko stitching has a space between each stitch and can either be done by hand or with a Sashiko sewing machine.  

Babylock has such a machine that uses just one thread source and the stitch length can be changed.  http://babylock.com/sewing/sashiko/">babylock.com/.../sashiko  

I have not tried this machine, but it looks like a good possibility for creating an even stitch for quilting as well as its intended purpose of Sashiko.

Because of the space between each stitch, I am not sure there are any true Sashiko machine embroidery designs.

That is true, Pattiann.  I have seen the machines, including one that is made for quilting and about 12 feet long!

While my sample is not historically accurate, I like it just the same.  I was thinking that if I put a piece of fabric on top before one of the cats sewed out, I could have it be a really outstanding piece.  Perhaps I might put a name of a loved animal who has passed on to add to the interest.

I really like this concept.

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

I have seen the Babylock machine. It does beautiful work. If I remember correctly, you still have to follow the pattern, as if you are quilting, it is not digitzed to do it for you. There are some beautiful designs also.


I cannot  get this beautiful work off my mind.  Digitizing would be challenging in that for the stitches to be correct, they must be on the long side and there needs to be some distance between stitches as well.  

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

For some reason, I believed I had found a place where there were digitized patterns.

My apologies, I don't find them again.  I am probably incorrect on this issue.  

Just the same, I am thinking about putting embroidery and the hand work together.  

I did not mean to mislead you, I just made a mistake.  

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

If you ever try your hand at digitzing any sashiko pattern, please please please let us see it. I would love it!  Smile

CME - I have been thinking about determining how to digitize these.  I have ordered some items so I can 'reverse engineer' them to see how to create and I do want to create some of these.  

When I found Sashiko embroidery, I had thought there was nothing new in embroidery.  Well, this is probably very old but new to those of us who love this craft.  

For me, embroidery is more than a craft, it is a passion.  Once you are into this world, it has more to offer than just passing time.  The satisfaction is enormous.  

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

tourlady522 10/13/2013 9:34:05 AM

Pat I found some of these designs at Embroidery Library. I have not tried any yet but they sure look interesting.


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