Sashiko: Easy and Elegant Designs for Decorative Machine Stitching
A contemporary take on a traditional Japanese technique Sashiko -- traditional blue-and-white Japanese quilting -- has long been admired by sewers ... Show synopsis A contemporary take on a traditional Japanese technique Sashiko -- traditional blue-and-white Japanese quilting -- has long been admired by sewers from around the world. Usually hand-stitched in white thread on indigo-dyed textiles, sashiko designs range from simple geometrics to elaborate florals. Author Mary Parker has found a way to bypass the time-consuming process of stitching the motifs by hand. Her innovative iron-on, color-coded patterns allow the modern sewer to machine-stitch the patterns in long, unbroken lines in a fraction of the time. Readers will be amazed at how easy it is to achieve fabulous results. Twenty gorgeous projects illustrate sashiko's decorative possibilities -- from clothing (collars, pockets, vests, handbags) to home dec items (bedspread, wall hanging, pillows, and more). An invaluable stitch dictionary provides more than 100 color-coded designs for a wealth of future projects. Some of the patterns are centuries old; others are Parker's original creations. With new techniques and a mixture of contemporary and traditional aesthetics, this book brings new life to an ancient craft.