Jyuuji Tsunagi (Linked Crosses) Hitomezashi Sampler Kit (TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK)
Create a stunning sampler of the Linked Crosses design with coloured sashiko threads.
Kit includes the Linked Crosses sampler fabric, 100m skein of variegatedsashiko thread, plus sashiko needles.
Instructional videos on sashiko can be found here
Hitomezashi (also called 'One-Stitch Sashiko') is a form of sashiko stitching which originated in rural Yamagata Prefecture in northern Japan. Hitomezashi patterns are designed on a grid system and stitched with a running stitch, except the intersecting stitches in hitomezashi touch each other whereas they don't in 'ordinary' sashiko.
Patterns in hitomezashi may look complicated, but they are reasonably easy to stitch as all you need to do is mark a grid of squares on your fabric and then you're good to go! Using a simple running stitch, work across the fabric horizontally from one side to the other. Stitch all the horizontal lines first, then repeat for the vertical lines. This will complete many patterns, including the complex-looking 'kakinohana' (persimmon flower) design.
Other patterns may also have diagonal lines which you should stitch after the horizontal and vertical ones to complete the design.
Hitomezashi usually takes more thread than 'ordinary' sashiko but the result is a strong, plump fabric with a complex-looking design.
We have many different kits for you to try hitomezashi - ours are all completely pre-printed with your stitches so you don't even have to mark out a grid, you can start stitching straight away. We also include skeins of coloured sashiko thread and specialist needles, so you have everything you need to create a beautiful sampler.
Our samplers are approximately 33cm x 33cm and include a plain fabric which can either be saved use as a backing, or you can stitch it double-layered, it's up to you. Stitching double-layered gives a nice, bouncy feel to the fabric but is slightly trickier in that you have to hide your starting and finishing knots by 'popping' them through the top layer. Sometimes the back of hitomezashi work looks really interesting in its own right, so this is definitely something worth trying.
Dimensions: 33cm x 33cm
Material: 100% Cotton