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 kit includes a piece of tsumugi cloth (yarn dyed shot cotton) measuring 6″ x 26″ that will yield 5 squares measuring 4″ x 4″.  The cloth is pre-printed with individual sashiko designs that will wash out when you have finished the project.  Use them as patches on garments or impress your guests with your handmade coasters.

Thread and needles are NOT included.