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Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery using the basic running stitch to create a patterned background. The Japanese word Sashiko means "little stabs" and refers to the small stitches used in this form of needlework, which is also popular with quilters.

Learn more about sashiko embroidery, or try out a few free patterns from the following sites.

1. What is Sashiko?

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Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery using the basic running stitch to create a patterned background. The geometric patterns include straight or curved lines of stitching arranged in a repeating pattern. The Japanese word Sashiko means little stabs and refers to the small stitches used in this form of needlework.

Learn more about Sashiko here.

2. Eight FREE Sashiko Patterns to Stitch - Set 1

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In this pattern, I've provided the eight different traditional designs so you can try Sashiko stitching.

You will find the full-size patterns for each design, as well as a diagram showing you how to work the sashiko stitch, in this pattern and tutorial, along with links to additional sashiko information.

Set two is also available.

3. Eight FREE Sashiko Patterns to Stitch - Set 2

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Here are eight additional sashiko patterns for you to stitch. These designs can be used interchangably with Set 1.

Refer to Set 1 for general directions, materials, and the sashiko running stitch.

4. PurlBee's Sashiko Tutorial

The Purl Bee

Mari at the PurlBee site has created an outstanding sashiko tutorial, which includes materials, and stitching techniques using a pre-printed sashiko pattern.

5. Studio Aika

Studio Aika

Studio Aika features a wealth of information on sashiko embroidery and offers kits and patterns for all skill levels.

You can also save and print their free Sashiko instructions which includes information on how to handle sashiko thread, transfer designs for sashiko to fabric, work the basic sashiko stitching, and the best way to work with the Sashiko Sampler kit.

6. Sashiko Stitchers


This site is dedicated to traditional sashiko techniques, and offers a free sashiko tutorial, as well as a design you can try from the furoshiki wrapping cloth featured in Asian Fabrics Issue #16.

You can download the free pdf file by clicking the image on the site.

7. Shibori Dragon

Shibori Dragon

Sashiko is the traditional Japanese technique of needlework quilting that uses a simple running stitch to create beautifully decorative patterns ideal for embroidery and quilting.

This site offers the largest selection of Sashiko supplies, threads, stencils, fabrics, books and patterns, and has everything you need to try sashiko.

They also have an online newsletter so you can keep up with all the latest sashiko news.

8. Fish Scale Sashiko Video

Susan Briscoe

Watch this video on making the fish scale stitch called urokozashi in Sashiko, by pleating the stitches onto the needle.

Susan Briscoe, author of the Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook, shows you how.

9. Learn to Work Sashiko by Machine

Sewing Machines Plus

Sahiko is traditionally worked by hand, but this tutorial from Sewing Machines Plus teaches you a free-motion, machine-made technique popular with quilters that duplicates hand sewn sashiko.

10. Sashiko Tutorial from Quilt.com


This detailed Sashiko Tutorial from Quilts.com features historical information about sashiko embroidery and quilting, and features free patterns you can stitch by hand or machine.

11. Sashiko Photos on Flickr

See what others are creating using traditional sashiko patterns.

12. Handmade Baby Clothes Sashiko Onesie

Erin Rankin features her adventures with sashiko as she works a traditional design on a baby's onesie. She shares the free sashiko template in her blog.
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