Category Archives: Embroidery Project : Japanese Stitching – Sashiko

My First Sashiko Project – Sofa Cushion Top Covers

Final Entry : 8 August 2010

I’ve finally decided to finish my first Sashiko project. The backing material is ready-made-quilt-backing material I bought from Spotlight. Hope you like it too.

Updated Entry : 12 August 2009

I’ve finally decided to finish my first Sashiko project. The backing material is ready-made-quilt-backing material I bought from Spotlight. Traditional Sashiko are done in blue colour material but mine is done is brown (as I did not have blue material) so hope you like the new idea too.

SashikoDone. Finally completed after a four-month journey. I am happy now.

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Updated Entry : 3 July 2009

WIPDesign modification : This is the other panel ‘scale down’ from the original one which was a ‘three-panel design’; reason being the stitches and joints are uneven (not close enough to be ‘Sashiko’-standard). My other half just suggested it could probably be a pillow case and  wouldn’t it be sweet if it is a set of two pillowcase of similar style. My first thought wato sew it into a kitchen towel.

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Updated Entry : 29 Jun 2009

WIPDesign modification : I have decided to ‘scale down’ the design to one panel instead of the original one which was a ‘three-panel design’; reason being the stitches and joints are uneven (not close enough to be ‘Sashiko’-standard).

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Updated Entry : 16 Jun 2009

SashikoActually the title should read as “Sashiko wannabe”. My stitches are uneven and some lines join when they meet. I try very hard to concentrate but at the back of my mind there are so many images ‘wooshing’ past. This is ‘running stitch’ at the simplest form yet I cannot manage it!
Did you see the cartoon ‘Kung Fu Panda’; if you did you will understand how I feel…I am desperate to learn Sashiko yet I am so clumsy in my moves. If this project is for an exam I’ll go beg my mom to finish my project but my mom is 82 years old now instead she’ll beg me to leave her alone! 😦
…and Thank you for reading my ranting.

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First Entry : 29 May 2009

This is my first Sashiko project “work in progress” stage that consists of embroidery pattern, craft supplies and reference books.

Work in Progress - My First Sashiko Project

Pattern idea : The pattern is my own concept, idea is inspired from the Sashiko reference books that I had borrowed from the public library.

Pattern drawing method: The entire pattern is drawn directly onto the fabric (not traced from anywhere). The visual highlight is three circles and each different motif in each circle, the motifs are drawn from a stencil plate. I draw the gird lines using long rulers (I  used two rulers to get a 90 degree angle, I tried this method for gauging and drawing the horizontal and vertical gird lines, it is long-ruler used for dressmaking). To draw circles, I used my dessert bowl.

Fabric : I cannot find a suitable “indigo” coloured fabric. I am also not willing to spend on fabric because I am too new to the craft. Cotton fabrics I came across was either too light-weight and tighty weave. I chose this fabric for the colour, weight and rather loose weave; actually I found it among my mother’s stash.

Portability: I used a two-plastic box container set to organize my needles, needle threader, thimbles and thread because I have plans to do the stitching whenever I am with time to spare. Maybe I should get a sewing basket.

I am ready to start since I have a vision or concept of how this finished project should look, but I did not give myself any deadline as I wish to do this in my own pace.

Hope the general idea to start something is useful in any way especially if you like me face limited time and resources for proper tools for grid line drawing or pattern tracing materials to work on.