August 6 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

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Sashiko-inspired Stitched Bag
By Magdalena, Handy Hands’ Corner

Magdalena writes that her work focuses mainly on wax batik but also often incorporates simple stitches based on Japanese sashiko embroidery.

She adds, “I like simply designed things but I also like traditional hand work which is often in opposition to the first said. Japanese sashiko embroidery technique is an exception. The hand stitch, often composed in straight rows, cannot be more simple and beautiful at the same time. I borrow sashiko as an inspiration but I don’t follow any particular designs. I base my designs on geometric shapes and I like to build them according to the general rules of harmony.

I sell my bags here, and I wrote about my embroidery here.”

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91 Responses to August 6 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

  1. Jessica says:

    That’s absolutely lovely. How inspirational!

  2. Daniela C Beier says:

    just gorgeous!!

  3. Lisa says:

    I think I now have one Christmas gift project for my sister in law.
    This is great, I have always love embroidery, just hadn’t thought to do it this way.

  4. Jill says:

    This is really beautiful!

  5. Kelli says:

    very cool and original!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Very pretty–I like the simple, clean-cut design 🙂

  7. Casey says:

    That bag is fabulous! Loooooovvvvveee it!

  8. Pam says:

    Beautiful bag. I haven’t done embroidery since I was a kid. I am trying to teach my daughter now.

  9. This bag has wonderful stitching – anyone would be honored to use it!

  10. Andi says:


  11. Laura says:

    Very cook bag!

  12. BeckyS says:

    That bag is beautiful! I love sashiko.

  13. Allison Scripa says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  14. jennsquared says:

    That’s the very thing that an Engineer Crafter must have! ::LOVE::

  15. Cami Paul says:

    What a great idea! Sashiko makes ordinary things look great!

  16. Sara says:

    This is not your grandmother’s embroidery! This is I could actually get into…ideas are brewing for a new project…
    Very beautiful, I love the bags!

  17. Stacy says:

    Very beautiful!

  18. Anna says:

    Very nice…I think i’ll try it.

  19. Tricia L. says:

    The embroidery on that bag is gorgeous!

  20. Jenny T. says:

    This is beautiful and a lovely idea.

  21. Celia says:

    I’ve never heard about sashiko before. The bag is absolutely beautiful – simple but elegant. Thank you for that inspiration.

  22. Danielle says:

    That is really beautiful. I used to do some hand sewing/embroidery, but haven’t in years. This might inspire me to take it up again. 🙂

  23. Sarah says:

    what a great looking bag! all these handsewing ideas are giving my brain some actual inspiration 🙂

  24. Becky says:

    Hmmm, general rules of harmony huh? I had no idea that “quit pestering your sister” and “Don’t punch your brother” could help me with embroidery! 😉 Just kidding

    That bag is beautiful!

  25. Karen Hudson says:

    Oh my this is so creatively beautiful. I forgot just how pretty hand sewing can be. 🙂

  26. Cheryl says:

    What a beautiful purse! I have yet to try sashiko but I think it is now going to be sooner rather than later. Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. taraboos says:

    I love the whole look of her this bag. The boxes are the best bit! Very inspiring.

  28. Kate says:

    I’m getting back into hand sewing after not picking up an embroidery needle or hoop since childhood (I’m 30!). This looks like something I could do, and best of all, I think it’s just the thing to make my sister for Christmas. Thanks!

  29. carlyk says:

    I have been getting the itch to embroider lately. Thanks for the final push! This is darling!

  30. Sharmila says:

    The embroidery adds such beauty to the bag!!

  31. Anna says:

    Divine bag, inspirational embroidery.

  32. Christine says:

    I love hand sewing!!! and all the little stitches and colors.

  33. Lisa says:

    I love this bag! What a beautiful design.

  34. katherine says:

    what a lovely bag! design, colors, all beautiful.

  35. Margie says:

    Gorgeous bag. Simple yet detailed. I love your bags in your shop too! I see alot of work goes in each to make it so beautiful!!

  36. kim d. says:

    that inspires me to try embroidery!

  37. colleen says:

    sashiko and bags – what a great combination! i have been wanting to try sashiko for some time…this just might be the project that does it for me…though i am very fond of tea towels as well

  38. Mary says:

    WHat a gorgeous bag.

  39. Heather says:

    Beautiful handiwork! Love it!

  40. ellen says:

    very cool bag! love it!

  41. Sara Aoyama says:

    They are very lovely!!

  42. Meika says:

    I love this embroidery. So different and classy!

  43. What a great bag!

  44. Helena says:

    Awesome, love the handbags design.

  45. Kadybug says:

    this is awesome!

  46. Bernie says:

    I love the hand work on your bag. I am a big fan of hand sewing as I feel like I have more control of what I want to do. I prefer hand quilting to machine, it takes a lot longer but I can control the design & effect. Keep up the hand embroidery it is a unique touch to your handcraft.

  47. Karen Ellis says:

    That’s so gorgeous! Makes me want to take up Sashiko. 🙂

  48. Libby says:

    Beautiful. I love the simplicity of it also.

  49. juliecache says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing.

  50. Nima says:


  51. truedrue says:

    Love it!

  52. jessica c says:

    It’s beautiful!

  53. alisha says:

    Simply lovely.

  54. anja says:

    love the hand-stitched bag

  55. Denise says:


  56. Kerri says:

    Beautiful bag. It has set the wheels turning. Perhaps some Chrismtas presents. 🙂

  57. Debbie says:

    I just love this bag…it is beautiful. What a lovely, creative project.

  58. Greta says:

    Beautiful bag! I love the look of the handstitching.

  59. Need to Sew says:

    Just lovely. Hand embroidery might be on my list of techniques to learn!

  60. sherri s. says:

    So perfect for an outing on a summer’s day!

  61. janet says:

    for all that detail, her bags are really affordable! I enjoy crafting my own things, but seeing such beautiful work… I’d be really happy to support Magdalena’s talents!

  62. Amanda C. says:

    I love the photos; they are so inspiring. Cheers to a month of hand sewing.

  63. Jeannine says:

    That is quite lovely.

  64. Christie says:

    Shashiko has made me fall in love with embroidery all over again!

  65. Amy Mc says:

    That embroidery is so beautiful – and I particularly like the simplicity of it. It gives the bag a fantastic look that would go great with any outfit. Well done!

  66. Meredith says:

    Beautiful and so inspirational!

  67. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    What a great purse. I like the clean lines.

  68. Tiffany says:

    Anybody have some good resources (books, websites, blogs, whatever) for sashiko they’d recommend? 🙂

  69. Liz says:

    I love Sashiko embroidery. I wish I could find kits for it more easily. These bags are so awesome! Very fun! Of course I hopped over to the Etsy shop and saw a make it yourself kit. How could I not buy it? I look forward to making my own tote now 🙂

  70. Lori says:

    So pretty, that must have taken forever!

  71. Rachel says:


  72. Amy says:

    Wow! That bag is magnificent. What a fresh and lovely idea.

  73. Krystina says:

    really nice bag!

  74. Annalee says:

    This is beautiful. I’ve got to try it!

  75. Robin D says:

    This bag a work of art. I love it.

  76. Katie says:

    So impressive and beautiful!

  77. sandyandcosmo says:

    You are so talented! I love your embroidery.

  78. Deb V says:

    Your bags are really beautiful. I need to get back to embroidery.

  79. Molly Lovelace says:

    What a beautiful bag. Too, bad I don’t have the patience for that much hand embroidery work.
    Hopefully this month of posts will inspire me to get on the ball again.

  80. Jayces says:

    Love the stitching, what a great bag!

  81. I’ve been wanting to try Sashiko. Very cute bag.

  82. Elizabeth says:

    I love the embroidery on the bag and the colors. This has inspired me to look into Shashiko.

  83. Love this!

  84. Desiree says:

    that is beautiful! I love it 🙂

  85. Catarina says:

    that bag is sooooo pretty and nice.

  86. Janine says:

    I’ve never commented on here before, but I had to say that I absolutely love that bag! I’m excited about hand sewing month because I’ve been trying to convince myself to take up embroidery for a while, but I never know what I’d want to make. I think this bag has truly inspired me!

  87. Shogun says:

    I love Sashiko style embroidery, and this bag is beautiful.

  88. qsogirl says:

    wow, that is beautiful!

  89. Ramona says:

    How beautiful. I love hand embroidery. I need to get back to it.

  90. shelle says:

    What a lovely bag! I am off to read about your embroidery. Thanks for the inspiration.

  91. Fabiana Nascimento says:

    The colors are elegant and there are harmonic forms.

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