Pattern 7: Hishi seigaiha (Waves)
So I fully expected to have time while I was away in Korea to post this sewalong pattern. How wrong I was as the Bojagi Forum kept me busy, busy from dawn till dusk.
Also I notice that like me the tide of summer activities has kept some of us away from our beloved stitching and I hope now as normal routines return you will have a chance to catch up on the patterns and enjoy this new one.
This is quite an intricate pattern. I have drawn it out on squared paper first so that you can see more clearly how the pattern is built up. (3” square on ¼” grid paper) This is a design that is best sewn with the long sashiko needle so that you can load all the stitches in a segment at once.
I found it is helpful to draw this design out on graph paper first in order to understand how the pattern is built up. I have used a ¼” grid and a 3” square. Begin by coying the red lines.
Now add the diagonal lines in one direction. Follow the diagram above.
Now add the last set of diagonal lines in the opposite direction.
I traced the 1/4″ grid and the main structure of the pattern onto the fabric only. I used the paper design to help guide me to fill in the rest of the pattern. You might also find it helpful to place one ruler against the line on the paper design and use a second ruler to draw the position of the next line on the fabric.
Thread your needle with double thread and a knot on the end. I have worked nine stitches along each side of the diamond shape. Begin at (4) on the right hand side. Take care to leave enough space where the lines cross to form a diamond shape.
Loop across the back and return starting at (6) finishing at (0) with a knot.
I have left small loops at the end of each nine stitches.
Complete the diagonal lines within one of the diamond shapes I used a continuous length of thread starting and finishing with a knot
Complete the diagonal lines within one of the diamond shapes I used a continuous length of thread starting and finishing with a knot.
There is no set order for completing this design. The main outlines are worked separately from the filling stitches so you can choose to build it up in the order of your choice.
I gave my square a soak in cold water to remove some of those white lines and to enjoy the pattern better.
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 7th October 2016. A bit of a longer deadline for this one so that you can enjoy the rhythm of the stitching.
I will choose my favourite and get in contact to send you your prize! The Prize winner will be revealed on Monday 10th October 2016. Good luck!
Enjoy your Sashiko stitching!