Sashiko by Jill Clay
[Softcover, 144 pages] Sashiko: 20 projects using traditional Japanese stitching by Jill Clay. Learn the stunning art of Sashiko stitching with this comprehensive guide that is packed with inspirational ideas. Meaning 'little stabs,' Sashiko is a traditional Japanese sewing method that uses evenly spaced running stitches to create eye-catching geometric patterns. It has a humble background, originating as a form of darning -- a way to strengthen weak areas of clothing. However, its utilitarian beginnings have since been shed, and it is now a popular form of decorative embroidery. Author Jill Clay explores the history of this strikingly effective technique and demonstrates how to apply it to a range of useful and ornamental items for the home, accessories and gifts. Following thorough guidance on the tools, materials and basic techniques, 20 appealing projects are presented, including large-scale items such as bedding, a door curtain and wall-hanging, and smaller items, such as brooches, greetings cards and notebook covers. Finally, there is a section of 20 patterns and motifs that readers can choose from and use as templates for their own unique Sashiko designs.