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Two Sashiko Books

Two Sashiko Books

The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook by Susan Briscoe

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; UK ed. edition (May 27, 2005)
  • Language: English

Sashiko:  20 projects using traditional Japanese stitching                        by Jill Clay

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: GMC Publications (July 9, 2019)
  • Language: English


When I teach, demonstrate or do a trunk show, I always bring a copy of Susan Briscoe’s book “The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook”.   Anyone interested in sashiko should have this book.

The section on History includes wonderful photographs of both sashiko garments and early 20th century postcards of sashiko being worn in everyday life.  There is enough information for the casual reader and for someone interested in delving deeper into this traditional Japanese stitching technique.

Getting Started is illustrated with images of equipment and materials.  How to Stitch instructions are shown with both diagrams and photographs.  Tools and techniques for drawing a grid and pattern on fabric (rather than purchasing fabric with a design pre-printed) are clearly explained.

TEN PROJECTS: Long samplers (shown framed), Greeting Cards, Coasters, Placemats, Throw Pillows, Tote Bags, Noren Curtains, Drawstring Bags, Cushions, Table Runner.

The Pattern Library is rich resource for three ‘one-stitch’ approaches to sashiko:

Moyozashi Sashiko – geometric patterns repeated on a grid / stitches never touch or cross-over

Motifs – designs to use alone or repeated (flowers, leaves, Kanji characters, family crests)

Hitomezashi Sashiko – reminiscent of darning patterns / stitches can be woven or cross-over

The Inspiration Gallery is a collection of contemporary sashiko pieces sure to spark your creativity.

New in 2019 – “Sashiko: 20 projects using traditional Japanese stitching” by Jill Clay

The Introduction briefly reviews tools, materials and supplies, but the main purpose of the book is the projects.  Each includes detailed instructions with drawings, diagrams and photographs.

TWENTY PROJECTS: Greeting Cards, Brooch, Tablemats, Coasters, Pincushion, Needle Case, Book Cover, Drawstring Bag, Cushion, Wall Hanging, Table Runner, Laundry Bag, Japanese-bound Book, Duvet Set, Wrapping Cloth (Furoshiki), Scarf, Noren Curtain, Coin Purse, Bag + Japanese Crossover Apron.

Pattern Library: Full-size sashiko patterns to trace and transfer onto fabric.





My hand-stitching passion is sashiko. I design sashiko blocks inspired by the American Southwest and sell them wholesale to fabric shops and retail on my website: I continue to learn about hand-stitching and this blog is a way to share with others in the community.

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