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February 01, 2010

Sashiko = Love

As predicted, it took me far too long to sew the finished Sashiko sampler into a simple pillow case. Sewing has that annoying rule - cut once, and you're done - and it can be paralyzing at times. Fortunately, one fine weekend I got over it.

Pattern: Rickie's Sashiko Pillow from the Purl Bee, using the white Hana-Zashi No. 12 sampler.

Your comments exactly mimicked my own feelings about this sampler. Josiane wrote, "I really like how the pattern reads in so many different ways: flowers, circles, flowing rivers," and Punkin commented, "When I look at your embroidery I see circles but when I follow the colors I realize they are in waves. Fascinating." Yup. That's pretty much how this whole thing started: I kept looking at the Purl Bee photo and each second my eyes were seeing something different. And I definitely saw circles at first. It was so interesting; I had to make it!

Threads, etc.: as I mentioned, I just bought everything the Purl Bee told me to buy :). No creativity whatsoever. The one thing I did alter was to use a simple overlap closure for the pillowcase instead of a zippered one. Laziness was one reason, but mainly I don't like hardware (zippers, buttons) on my pillowcases.

The Robert Kaufman tencel linen I used for this project was amazing. Crisp and textured, yet soft and drapey. It pressed exceptionally well, and stood up to a seam ripper like a champ. I won't even mention the beautiful color! It was also my first time sewing with 100% cotton thread. Such tight, crisp stitches, and no complaints from my sewing machine!


To those of you considering Sashiko, I say, just give it a try! Buy a sampler and some threads, and you'll find that it's remarkably simple. The little plump stitches will win you over in a heartbeat ;).

Posted by Kathy on February 1, 2010 08:10 PM


It is beautiful. Yes, something else to consider! Oh my.

Thanks a lot!!! Just what my sewing room needs is more fabric. grin! What a very, very cute pillow! I resisted when I saw this on Purl Bee. Now I must try to resist it some more!!!

Wow, it looks gorgeous! I love pillows. Simplicity is best.

Oh, Kathy, it's dreamy. I love it! It's gorgeous, and lovely overlap feature.

It's really beautiful! I love the Purl Bee (and live close to both of the Purl stores, lucky me. I'm going on my lunch break tomorrow!)

You did an amazing job. Yeah, the cutting thing on sewing is a little nerve wracking.

Your pillow is gorgeous. I am getting ready to spin the yarn to embroider a Sashiko pillow of my own.

What a beautiful result. My friend gave my a sashiko kit after she returned from Japan and it's been sitting in my drawer for about a year...you've inspired to perhaps bring it out and work on it this spring.

Yay, I love this! I hadn't noticed that the colors moved in waves; I just saw circles before. Beautiful job.

Oh my gosh, I didn't even notice that they weren't actually circles until you pointed it out! Waves! So cool!

The finished pillow is gorgeous! I love how that green fabric makes the whole thing pop. Lovely!

Aack! Green is my fave color! This pillow rocks. Payday is Friday....hmmmm, I wanna do a sampler!

that rocks. i was just reading about sashiko on another blog. sounds like another addictive hobby. maybe this summer???!!!!

kathy, that is freaking gorgeous! i want to favorite it a billion times!!!!!

Kathy! It is gorgeous. And, I know what you mean about the paralyzing effect of sewing. I bought pillow forms and fabric at least 2 years ago and still haven't worked up the nerve to turn them into pillows.

Very pretty. This is one of those rare moments when I almost wish I knew how to sew.

This is stunning. And you did such a beautiful job with the overlap for the pillow. *swoon*

Gorgeous!! You did a beautiful job!

That is really eye-catching. As others mentioned, I keep trying to follow one of the circles & realize that there's so much more to it. I keep trying to convince myself that I don't want to go there, but I'm losing that battle!

Very cute!

Gorgeous. I've been thinking about this for a while ever since seeing the shashiko embroidered table runner in handknit holidays.

Dooooon't! Don't show me new irresistible projects with yummy materials when I have so many other things going and I'm trying to work out of my stash! (If you were my sister, I'd go and tell Mom....)

I loved the kit the first time you posted it. I immediately went to Purl Bee and they were out of the threads. This provided a reason not to purchase it! Now you go and show the finished product and I know I must try to purchase again! If the supplies are there, then it will be added into my to do, and if some are missing, the Gods will have shined down on me and told me "You don't need ANOTHER project! LOL.

Oh dear. Does this mean I need to learn how to sew?

That is a gorgeous fabric. But I'm a little confused - is Sashiko the name of the thread?

This is lovely! The lime backing finishes it off beautifully. And since I would love to make one of these, it raises the painful question: where does one learn to sew if one lives in the boonies and there are no teachers? I learned to knit from books, but sewing seems too complex to learn that way. Any ideas?

Everybody has already said it, but the pillow is beautiful! The lime backing makes the other colors just POP!

It's so lovely ~ a feast for the eyes. Reminds me of the kaleidoscope quilt pattern.

Love everything ... The stitches, the colors...Lovely!

i'm so late to the party but that pillow is GORGEOUS!! beautiful job.

oh wow...i love this!
i have always had a soft spot for embroidery:)

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