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: Samurai Helmet (#1088) :: Panel measures approximately 12" x 12" (31 cm x 31 cm) :: Fabric Color: White ::Amount of Thread Needed to Complete Design: approx. 100 meters (or 5 skeins ofOlympus 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