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Hitomezashi is one of the styles of Sashiko, a Japanese form of hand embroidery. Hitomezashi means "one stitch" and this family of designs is stitched on a grid to form intricate and dense patterns. Hitomezashi samplers provide hours of meditative stitching practice that result in a beautiful hana-fukin (kitchen cloth) that can be used for years or incorporated into other projects such as bags, quilts, table runners and more.
Olympus brand Sashiko Samplers are printed on 100% cotton Sashiko fabric (Sashiko Momen) using wash-away ink. Simply follow the stitch lines by stitching all the horizontal lines first, then the verticals and finally the diagonals and watch your complete pattern emerge as you stitch. Once you have finished stitching, simply rinse the sampler in water to wash away any stray markings.
:: Olympus Hitomezashi Sashiko Sampler
:: Design: Kakukikko Tsunagi (#1019)
:: Panel measures approximately 12" x 12" (31 cm x 31 cm)
:: Fabric Color: White
:: Amount of Thread Needed to Complete Design: approx. 60 meters (or 3 skeins of Olympus thread)
:: Includes Double folded 100% cotton fabric that can be used as a backing fabric if you opt to stitch through 2 layers, or use the 2nd layer to cover the back of your stitches when you are done stitching.
:: Made in Japan by Olympus
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I still don't know if I'll do this one to look like snow, or summer flowers... so I know I will love stitching it!
Simple pattern. I use this piece to warm up before stitching.
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This sampler is a good Hitomezashi pattern to start with since it uses a simple design with repetitive stitches. It gave me a lot of practice on spacing & closing off stitches. This looked cute with the Olympus short-pitched variegated blue thread.
Loved this project. I used the multicolored blue green thread and it came out beautiful. I bought a second one to try with a different color. It’s fun Give it a try!!!!