What is traditional Japanese embroidery called?

What is sashiko in Japanese?

Sashiko (刺し子, meaning “little pokes” or “small piercing”) is a form of functional embroidery that originated in Japan. It first was used around the Edo era as a way for farmers to mend their worn clothing. It is now popular as a decorative stitch in modern Sashiko quilts and Boro clothing.

Does sashiko use a hoop?

No embroidery hoop is necessary. It’s recommended to use a traditional sashiko needle which is longer than a regular embroidery needle and works best for carrying multiple stitches. Though a sashiko needle is certainly a nice tool to have, you can still achieve beautiful results with regular embroidery needles.

How long are sashiko stitches?

Sashiko thread tends to fray so use lengths of thread no longer than 20-24” long. Tip: The thread pulls more smoothly and tangles less if it is threaded so you are pulling with the twist instead of against it as you stitch.

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