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Sashiko : easy & elegant Japanese designs for decorative machine embroidery
Parker, Mary, 1949-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Asheville, NC : Lark Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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TT835 .P362 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Sashiko is traditional blue-and-white Japanese quilting. Usually hand-stitched in white thread on indigo-dyed textiles, sashiko designs range from simple geometrics to elaborate florals. This book offers 20 projects which bypass the time-consuming process of stitching the motifs by hand. The iron-on, colour-coded patterns allow the modern sewer to machine-stitch the patterns in long, unbroken lines in a fraction of the time.

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Booklist Review

A very thoughtful and well-ordered introduction to the centuries-old art of sashiko, Japanese blue-and-white quilting. In fact, Parker has enhanced the stitching techniques through her very own innovations--practice strategies as well as the use of heat transfer interfacings. With those new methods and a sewing machine, the once labor-consuming task of running stitches becomes a joy--and a true act of creation. To that end, 25 projects are featured, ranging from a sampler table runner to decorative screen panels; additionally, the author presents a detailed and engaging history of sashiko and more than 100 stitch patterns, each with Japanese history, recommendations for use, and two examples (one in blue on white, the other white on blue). A mouth-watering "gotta try" wealth of designs and information. Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Sashiko is traditional Japanese quilting, usually done in white running stitch on indigo fabric. Machine-stitched sashiko has a somewhat different appearance but is just as striking. The emphasis in this book is on patterns that may be continuously stitched across the fabric without stopping to tie off. Parker, a teacher of sashiko workshops, provides a dictionary of continuous patterns, instructions for successful stitching, and a sections of fairly easy projects for pillows and table linens. A good selection for public libraries on a topic of increasing interest to American stitchers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Sashiko: A Window to Japan's Cultural Historyp. 8
Secrets of Successful Sashiko Stitching by Machinep. 14
Sashiko Projectsp. 22
Sashiko Pattern Dictionaryp. 88
Bibliographyp. 143
Indexp. 144