adventures in sashiko

Last week I took a sashiko workshop from Nancy Ota. I’ve always wanted to learn to do sashiko properly, and I’m so glad I did. Nancy is a wonderful teacher and a fabulous quilt artist as well. Here are my results from the last couple of days:

Chidori-Tsunagi, 6″

Mashu-Zashi, 6″

Asa-no-ha, 6″

That last one is on pre-printed fabric (I’ve only just begun, my stitching is the lighter part in the upper left corner), the other two are drafted with a white pencil. Following the stitching lines on the pre-printed fabric is good practice, I’m getting better at the tiny stitches in the centers. I think I prefer drafting to pre-printed though. When you draft them yourself you can draw the designs any size you wish and you can be more free with your stitch length and placement. These blocks are going to eventually become part of a sashiko sampler when I’ve finished enough of them.

Here’s a necklace I made with my Fast, Fun & Easy Cover Button Jewelry techniques by stitching on the pre-printed Asa-no-ha fabric. That’s a 1-7/8″ button.

4″ Dear Diary block made with my sashiko practice piece

and another 4″ Dear Diary block using up the rest of my practice stitches.

Sashiko is a great take-along project. You don’t need a hoop or complicated equipment. I’d like to try sashiko quilting on my painted Spring quilt top, but I didn’t use any fabric paint medium in the acrylics so it’s not going to be the most needle-friendly quilt top I’ve ever made. Maybe I could limit the sashiko to the upper part of the center panel where there’s not much paint and machine quilt the rest. For now though, I’m just going to continue with my sashiko sampler blocks.


  1. Your stitching is so even in the top sample! I like the idea of pre-printed for practise.

  2. Laura,

    Wow, they look fabulous. Great idea to practice with pre-printed fabric.


  3. Laura this is really neat stuff. I wish I wish I wish my hands were up to hand-stitching, I love the texture and nubbly feel it gives to fabric. Lovely stitching here. 😀

  4. I took a class on Sashiko at the Maine State Quilt Museum and really enjoyed learning how to do it. I can easily see its application in quilts.

  5. Oh, I’ve always wanted to do sashiko. Yours looks lovely!

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