Sashiko literally means “little stabs” or “little pierce”. It is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching or functional embroidery from Japan that started out of practical need during the Edo era (1615-1868). Traditionally, it was used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, making the piece ultimately stronger and warmer. This running stitch technique is also often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth, which is said to recall snow falling around old farmhouses, gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread.
This mini book is packed with lots of information on all the sashiko basics! Best-selling author Sylvia Pippen shares everything from applications for sashiko and the necessary supplies to how to mark the designs and stitching techniques. Even learn how to create your own sashiko design, or use one of the twenty-seven included motifs. Plus, it makes a great gift for anyone you know who loves to sew as much as you do!