Sashiko Sampler Pattern 5

Sashiko Sampler Pattern 5

Pattern 5: Nowaki (Wild grasses) I have chosen this week’s design wild grasses inspired by the grasses in my own garden being tossed around in the wind and rain today. Hopefully the sun will return soon. I suggest you use a short sashiko needle for this design to help you get round the curves. You will also need a circular stencil to drawn around that measures 1 3/8”. It might be worth measuring a few things around the house like coins or cotton reels? If not you’ll need to get that compass out! Mark out a ¾” grid on one of your squares on the sampler. Use your circular template to draw on the design. I use this size template to accommodate the width of the drawn line. You can use the same template to mark the arcs for the grass. Notice that the second grass line finishes ¼” away from the vertical line. There is a sensible order to work each motif and once you have completed the first two rows of semi-circles you’ll find it easy to complete the rest of the pattern. Thread your needle with double thread and a knot on the end. Decide how many stitches you want to place along the shortest grass line. I have used four. Leave a small loop at the back and stitch the second grass line. I used five stitches. This gets you back to the beginning again and you can stitch across the whole semi-circle before repeating the process for the next motif. Oddly I found 13 stitches fitted just nicely but that’s up to you. Now...
Sashiko Sampler Pattern 4

Sashiko Sampler Pattern 4

  Pattern 4: Kawari Kikkozashi (Tortoiseshell Stitch) I love this traditional Japanese tortoiseshell motif which only takes on its final appearance when the single thread stitches are placed at the centre of each hexagon. We will be doing some needle threading to create some of this design as well. I have used the long sashiko needle again for this design so that I can load the whole row of stitches at one go before pulling them through. Mark out a ½” grid on one of your squares on the sampler. Thread your needle with double thread and a knot at one end. Stitch rows back and forth across the square at ¼” intervals. Make each stitch ¼” long. Remember to leave loops at either end of a row on the wrong side just like before. And now for the fun bit. Start in one corner with double thread and come out at ¼” up on a line. Turn your needle around and thread under the first stitch. Next thread your needle under the first stitch in the row above. Return to the first row and thread the needle under the next stitch and so on. By turning your needle round you don’t risk splitting the thread of the sewn stitches. Don’t be tempted to thread more than one stitch at a time. You need to try and keep the threads lying flat and not twisted! Here is the first row completed. I didn’t leave a loop on the back for these rows. Just try not pull the thread too tightly. It forms a single stitch on the back as...
Sashiko Sampler Pattern 3

Sashiko Sampler Pattern 3

Pattern 3: Kakinohanazashi (Persimmon Flower stitch) The Persimmon Flower stitch is a very popular design and represents a stylised version of the flower. The fruit is sometimes called a Sharon fruit. This is another one stitch sashiko design but with some variation in the layout of the rows. The stitches are approximately ¼” long. I have used a long sashiko needle for this design so that I can load the whole row of stitches at one go before pulling them through. Mark out a ½” grid on one of your squares on the sampler. Thread your needle with double thread and a knot at one end. Sew rows 1, 2 & 3 which are offset from each other. Notice though, that row 4 is the same as row 3.   This is the stitch pattern for the horizontal rows. I have found that it helps to put a mark in the top left hand corner before you begin so that you always know where you have started the pattern.   So that’s all the horizontal rows in now for the vertical rows.   Here is the stitch pattern for the vertical rows. Note that rows 4 & 5 and 8 & 9 are the same.   Here is the pattern building up. Exciting isn’t it. Ta da!   Post pictures of your finished pattern to my facebook page Brightonfashionandtextileschool and share on Instagram with #sashikosampler or email it to me if you prefer by the Monday 11th July 2016 I will choose my favourite and get in contact to send you your prize! The Prize winner will be revealed on...

Sashiko Sampler Pattern 2

Pattern 2: Jujizashi (Cross Stitch) This is a one stitch sashiko design. The stitches are much longer than the last pattern, approximately ¼” long and they cross over each other creating a raised effect. This would have helped to add strength to the fabric in areas that would get the most wear like on the shoulders of a fisherman’s jacket. Mark out a ½” grid on one of your squares on the sampler. Thread your needle with double thread with a knot at one end. Notice that your first row does not follow a drawn line. Your stitches will be worked through the centre of the row. It helps to think of making your stitches half the length of the square. Stitch the second row on the line. The stitches are offset. Stitch in the horizontal rows. Continue stitching the rest of the rows until you have completed the grid. This is what the back will look like. I have left loops at the end of each row before sewing the next one. You can keep going back and forth across the rows until you run out of thread. Make sure you have enough to tie off at the end of a row.   Post pictures of your finished pattern to my facebook page Brightonfashionandtextileschool and share on Instagram with #sashikosampler or email it to me if you prefer by the Monday 4th July 2016 I will choose my favourite and get in contact to send you your prize! The Prize winner will be revealed on 9th July 2016. Some of you may have noticed that I suggested you...
Sashiko Sampler Pattern 1

Sashiko Sampler Pattern 1

Sashiko Sampler Sewalong Pattern 1: Mountains. Mountains cover 80% of the land in Japan so I thought this pattern would be a good place to start. Before we begin you should decide whether or not you are going to stitch a sampler onto one piece of fabric or to make separate ones. This is how I have marked out my sampler. 3” squares with a ½”gap in between. Begin by marking out a 3” square on your fabric. I used a white sew line pen. Then mark a ¼” grid. I like to mark all the sides before drawing the lines. Use your ruler to draw in the horizontal and vertical lines. Choose a needle with a large eye big enough to hold a thread like cotton perle No 8, or three stands of embroidery thread and a sharp point. Thread the needle with a double thread and tie a single knot in the end. I am using sashiko thread which is a soft thread a bit like crochet cotton. Begin stitching row one. Bring your needle to the front at the fifth square and make two stitches. One of the things that makes this technique look good is keeping the same number of stitches in each repeated line. So following the grid, stitch across two squares then up two squares until you reach the end of the grid. Finish with a single knot at the back. This what your first row should look like from the back. Notice that I have started and finished with a knot and that the knots are tied ¼” away from the stitching....