Essential Sashiko: A Dictionary of the 92 Most Popular Patterns

Tuttle. Nov. 2022. 96p. ISBN 9784805317020. $18.99. FIBER CRAFTS
Sashiko, a Japanese embroidery technique that traditionally uses white thread on indigo fabric, can be used as a decorative embellishment on a variety of accessories and home goods. This English translation of Japanese publisher Boutique-Sha’s sashiko collection features a comprehensive dictionary of sashiko designs organized by type: straight-line, curved-line, and one-stitch, as well as projects that incorporate sashiko into their overall design. All samples in the stitch dictionary use the traditional white thread on indigo fabric, which provides a clear view of each design’s stitches and lines, and the decorative projects showcase the designs in a variety of fabric and thread colors. A step-by-step illustrated guide gives stitchers of all skill levels an introduction to sashiko techniques, from gathering the necessary supplies to graphing and transferring designs to ensuring that stitches are evenly sized and spaced. The projects range from simple placemats and flat bags to zippered pouches, highlighting the versatility of sashiko as a decorative embellishment.
VERDICT A thorough guide to the art of sashiko that will inspire hand-embroidery enthusiasts, as well as hand- and machine-quilters looking for geometric designs.
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