I have just completed a sashiko table cloth for my balcony table… and I absolutely love the result.
One of my favourite sashiko motifs is Shippo-tsunagi, or Seven Treasures. I’ve used it in a number of my designs in a variety of different ways.
My table cloth uses a variation on the above design. I have dispersed the Seven Treasures sashiko motif across the fabric to create a specific geometric effect.
I chose to stitch my design onto indigo fabric using an off-white sashiko thread to get the best contrast.
You could experiment using a different colour of sashiko thread, a selection of different colours, or a variegated sashiko thread. It’s all down to how you feel creatively. (I personally love the way natural dyed colour threads look against indigo fabric.)
With the sashiko stitching completed, I decided to do some applique to attractively highlight the design.
To finish off, I needed some backing fabric. I chose a Japanese cotton print fabric with an opposing colour pallette and modern patchwork design. (Part of the patchwork design on the backing fabric includes the Seven Treasures motif, which I think is a nice touch.)
I had a lot of fun with this project, and I hope this illustrates how enjoyable and rewarding a sashiko project can be.
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