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Japanese Quilting: Sashiko

Hiromitsu Takano

Batsford

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ISBN: 9780713486346

Price: £16.99

Publication date: 2 April 2015

Category: Sewing & Dressmaking

In recent years there has been a great revival of interest in sashiko, the traditional Japanese technique of needlework quilting based on a quick and easy running stitch. Japanese Quilting: Sashiko is a practical introduction to the distinctive patterns and designs of the technique. Whether you are a complete beginner or familiar with sashiko, you will find this a fascinating exploration of an exciting and traditional craft.

The book includes an introduction on what materials and equipment you will need, then a guide through the basic technques. Next, the author provides 30 detailed designs, ranging from the Ougi (Fan), Ume (plum blossom), to Shippu (seven treasures) and Sayagata (Buddhist symbols). Each has a full drawing and critically gives the order of working. There is also 10 projects that range from aprons and placemats to cushions and bags.

There is everything a reader needs to start the craft but can also expand the repertoire of an experienced quilter and textile artist.

ABOUT THE Author

Hiromitsu Takano trained as an architect, but has worked for many years as a craft teacher. In 1976 he was awarded the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Prize by the Japanese government. He still lives in Tokyo.

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