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Erin Eggenburg's Embroidery Blog — sashiko

A contemporary practice of traditional Japanese mending

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A contemporary practice of traditional Japanese mending

When you are planning a sashiko style visible mending project, take some time to consider the garment. A mending project can take an afternoon or months of little by little mending. Either way, when the mending is finished, it is a different garment from the original, and to me, feels like a work of art. 

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Mending in Modern Times

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Mending in Modern Times

Finding creative ways to mend and extend the life of loved clothing.

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Visible Mending as Wearable Art

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Visible Mending as Wearable Art

I've been working on a handful of sashiko projects, and was feeling comfortable enough in my skill to branch out into a variation that has my contemporary style combined with more traditional sashiko style mending.

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DIY Project: Salvaging Ravaged Clothing with Visible Stitching

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DIY Project: Salvaging Ravaged Clothing with Visible Stitching

Using a sashiko style visible mending and some simple scraps of fabric, I added new life to this previously determined disaster of a jean jacket headed for the landfill.

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The Symmetry of Sashiko Stitching

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The Symmetry of Sashiko Stitching

What is Sashiko? Sashiko stitching is an ancient Japanese embroidery technique for joining fabric together with visible mending. It is also used in quilting and as decorative embellishment on clothing.  Sashiko is created using a running stitch to create a repeating symmetrical or geometric pattern. The lines do not intersect when they cross paths. There are lots of traditional patterns, but you can also make up your own repeating pattern using a ruler and anything with a round base.  I used 4 free patterns that I found on the internet, printed, and transferred to fabric.  How do you pronounce it?...

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