Kuguri-Sashi Sashiko: Stitch n' Weave

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My two favorite ways to make are through weaving and sashiko. So when I first saw Kuguri-Sashi in the Instagram feed of Snuggly Monkey, I was floored. I immediately got to work and made three Kuguri-Sashi panels, including one to be displayed at Blue Bar Quilts. This post will list the supplies I used and where I found them, as well as some steps I took. You can watch the entire process of me drawing, stitching, and weaving the design in this YouTube video. Want to draw, stitch, and weave your OWN Kuguri-Sashi? Come take my class at Blue Bar Quilts on December 3!

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Tools

Supplies

  • 15 x 15 inch square of Chambray

  • Hidamari Sashiko Needles (the easiest to thread and my favorite of all sashiko needles I’ve used so far)

  • Sashiko thread or DMC No 8 Perle Cotton (as I mention in the video, I really prefer the width and flatness of Sashiko thread, because it lays flat, covering the fabric nicely and showing off the intricacies of the design way better than Perle Cotton, which is round)

  • Don’t want to draw your own? Olympus and Lecien-Cosmo both make pre-printed fabrics with marks that wash off easily. The Lecien-Cosmo Hidamari panels in particular are gorgeous colors and a high quality fabric.

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Steps

  1. I drew a 14 x 14 inch square on my fabric using the white chalk pen. Then added lines every 1 inch both vertically and horizontally creating a 1 inch grid.

  2. Beginning just off of one corner, I marked a beginning stitch line along each side of my grid at each one inch line, skipping the corners.

  3. I stitched vertical lines every other intersection, staggering the stitches line by line until I filled the grid.

  4. Then I created stitched crosses by repeating this process horizontally.

  5. I threaded enough floss to weave one row without having to stop and start, sewed up halfway between two starting stitch lines and wove into the horizontal stitches in the crosses. At the end of the row, I sewed into the center and knotted at the back.

  6. When each horizontal stitch had threads woven into either side, I rotated my fabric and wove into the vertical stitches (which were now horizontal since I rotated my fabric).

  7. I was disappointed in the overall look of my project, so I filled the empty intersections with another layer of crosses, and wove into them. This created double laters of weaving and it looked amazing.

  8. I rinsed the fabric out in a bowl of water to remove the marks.

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Tips

Leaving fabric flat on a surface will help keep tension even. Don’t panic if there is a little bit of bunching. It’ll even out after you wash out the marking lines.

Weave eye of the needle first if your needle is catching on thread or fabric.

Don’t press your fabric until the marks are all washed out! Pressing could set the marks permanently into your fabric.

Lay the fabric out flat to air dry, then spot clean any marks left with a wet terry cloth.

If cutting the panel up for projects, use a very very tiny stay stitch on your machine - and only cut outside of those sewn lines - to keep the threads from coming apart.

I’d love to see your work on social! Tag me @weftyneedle and use the hashtag #stitchnweave.

I hope whatever you’re working on it’s fulfilling and rewarding!

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