Sashiko Sampler Pattern 6

Sashiko Sampler Pattern 6

Pattern 6: Juji Kikko (Crossed tortoiseshell) This design is a variation of the traditional tortoiseshell pattern that I have altered with diagonal crosses instead of vertical crosses. I like the hexagon shapes which remind me of grandmother’s flower garden design in English paper piecing. I suggest you continue to use a short sashiko needle for this design to cope with the smaller stitches and short lines. Mark out a grid of ¾” vertical lines and 3/8” horizontal lines on one of your squares on your sampler. Thread your needle with double thread and a knot on the end. I have worked three stitches for each side of each hexagon. Begin in the top right hand corner and stitch the first two sides of the first half hexagon. Similar to pattern 5 there is an order of work to follow for each motif. Add the half flower or cross to the centre as shown before looping across the back to start stitching the three sides of the next hexagon. (You’ll notice that while I was planning this pattern I popped in a few extra vertical lines so that my brain could check how the pattern was going to work!) Add the first two stitches in the centre of the second hexie, arranged along the diagonal line towards the bottom right hand side. Add the last two stitches working them towards the top left hand side. This way the needle and thread are pointing in the right direction for the next line of stitching. Few! Complete the first row and then come back in the opposite direction for row two, maintaining...
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...