Sashiko Pillows

Sashiko Pillows

After a pieced pillow with cats and an appliqué Dear Sugar pillow, now I bring you the Sashiko Pillows. Sashiko is a Japanese embroidery technique that uses long stitches in a contrasting color. You mostly see geometrical designs, but there are others too.

I came across sashiko patterns at the Cambridge Quilt Shop and I instantly knew I wanted to try. The patterns came with:

  • indigo (low thread count) fabric which was marked with faint white lines,
  • a black and white tiny picture of the design,
  • and instructions in Japanese (with a couple of drawings).

Normally white thread is used with the indigo fabric but my daughter Ana suggested turquoise instead and I think that she was spot on. The embroidery doesn’t stand out as much but the contrast is beautiful.

The process of embroidering is soothing, relaxing and completely satisfying; trust me, I loved every minute of it. [It also allows for TV watching while stitching].

Because I didn’t love the blue fabric I sewed it onto Kona cotton in indigo. I pressed all the seam allowances down and topstitched them all in one go.

I now have two beautiful sashiko pillows in my living room. I can’t wait to sashiko my way around other projects soon.

As a family we can’t agree on which one looks better. I prefer the one at the front. And you?