As you may have noticed, I am not a big fan of "a Sashiko Kit" to tell you what to do from the beginning and the finish. Instead, I offer the necessary supplies & tools and offer videos & images to share how "we would do" as Sashiko artisans.
For those who are very new to Sashiko, please learn how to prepare the fabric here & Youtube video.
What are in the Sashiko Fukubukuro
If you chose "Azu Bag", you should find 2 kind of fabrics (size varies). One is the Sashi.Co Indigo Fabric, and other is thinner Cotton (Poplin) Fabric. I intended to use the Sashi.Co Indigo Fabric as the Main fabric, and then the backing it up with the thinner Cotton fabric.
Please be advised:
- The Indigo Fabric is NOT dyed in "Japanese authentic Natural Indigo Dye (Hon Aizome or Sei-Aizome)". The color may come off for the first few times in washing. Please avoid washing with other fabrics. This made-in-Japan fabric is the best fabric for Sashiko stitching in our experience. A lot of our products are made with this fabric. I hope you would enjoy the experience as well. (If you would like to get more, we have them for sale on our website).
- The Thinner blue fabric (also made in Japan) is our first choice in using as the back fabric. It is also good for Sashiko stitching with a different experience. I will try to find a photo for this thinner fabric.
Use Chalk Paper & Mayler Paper
Please check our Youtube Video for how to use the Carbon Paper, Mylar paper and Pattern papers. Some of the mylar paper has already the pattern on it. The mylar paper can be used over and over.
Design Can be "Anything"
I included some patterns. However, it can be "anything" you want. I have several videos for how to draw some famous patterns such as Asanoha and Shippou. Other pattern may be found on the Internet or from the books. The goal is to draw without pattern by using the "Grid Sheet". However, it is very important to learn how to transfer the pattern.
Actual Sashiko Stitching
For the actual stitching and "how to", please watch some of our stitching videos. A live streaming in English (or even in Japanese) may be helpful to check how we would use a thimble on the palm.