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.
Each kit contains 6 small panels of navy sashiko cloth which are preprinted for hand stitching, 20″ x 8″ ‘scrappy’ look indigo cloth, plus white sashiko thread skein, 2ct sashiko needles & a leather thimble.