When it comes to Japanese folk embroidery, Sashiko uses a running stitch to create a background with a pattern. ‘Sashiko’ is a Japanese word meaning ‘little stabs’ or ‘little pierce’. Continuous lines also characterise the Sashiko patterns.
Use a Double Fabric Layer
Typical Sashiko patterns range from ordinary geometric forms to pampas grass, arrow feathers, bamboo, mountains, and even waves. A good tip with Sashiko stitching is to use a double fabric layer. Thus, the ends of the thread lengths are concealed between the layers, and your embroidery now has two usable sides. However if you use a Hana Fukin pattern the stitching should go through both layers.
Crafty or Wot has a range of Sashiko embroidery kits. We are often asked how to transfer a sashiko pattern onto the fabric. The quickest and most accurate way is simply to use carbon paper.