Samurai Helmet Hitomezashi Sampler
Create a stunning sampler of the Samurai Helmet design with coloured sashiko threads. This sampler has been designed to be stitched with the Olympus Fine Threads.
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, then stitch any diagonal lines 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.
Please note: you will need 2 balls of fine sashiko thread to complete this sampler.
Colour suggestion in the image - 204 Rusty Orange
Dimensions: 33cm x 33cm
Material: 100% Cotton