A demonstration of acrylic sashiko templates: how to create beautiful traditional Japanese patterns, get the perfect stitch length, and make ideal sashiko projects.
I love to teach sashiko. Normally when I’m teaching I start with pre-printed before progressing to tracing designs on to fabric. However some of my students struggle with getting their patterns transferred to the fabric cleanly and accurately and get inconsistent stitch lengths.
There’s definitely a place for something to make things a little bit easier for hand embroiderers who wish to incorporate sashiko patterns in their work, to trace designs onto fabric whenever they feel they want to be creative. I decided that I would design some templates of sashiko designs that includes the stitch length.
I’ve made 14 traditional Japanese sashiko designs available in 8½ and 4½ inch sizes.
You’ll find you get optimum results using a ceramic marker such as a Bohin pencil, as the ceramic lead fits perfectly through the stencil and glides easily over the fabric.
The idea is for crafters to always have ready access to these iconic Japanese designs for stitching, never again needing to trace designs from paper.
The templates are designed so that you can move them along the fabric and extend or enlarge your pattern.
You can also get creative by selecting specific sections of the template.