Pond & Scales Sashiko Placemats from Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond

on April 10 | in Products, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 91 Comments

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Aimee Ray is back today with a beautiful project excerpt from Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More. Aimee already shared the Mushroom Pincushion and Cutwork Felt Bookmark from the book. Today’s Sashiko placemats project is one of our favorite pieces in Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More!

The Doodle Stitching series is well-utilized in our sewing libraries. You won’t want to miss Doodle-Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners. We also have the popular Farmer’s Market Tote Bag from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs here at Sew,Mama,Sew!

In Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More, Aimee shows you how to experiment with a variety of techniques. We love the Redwork & Crewel section, and we can’t wait to download today’s Waves and Scales Patterns to try Sashiko with Aimee’s guidance. You can win a copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More with your comment on today’s post. Do you do embroidery? Have you tried crewel, cross stitch and/or Sashiko?

Pond & Scales Sashiko Placemats
Sashiko is an ancient form of embroidery from Japan. Traditionally, it consists of beautiful designs– sometimes simple, sometimes complex, often geometric– stitched entirely in white running stitches on indigo fabric. These pretty placemats are the perfect canvas for practicing Sashiko.

What You Need:

  • 1 Yard of dark blue quilter’s cotton fabric (for 2 – 16 x 12 inch placemats)
  • Carbon transfer paper for fabric
  • Sashiko pattern: Waves Pattern and/or Scales Pattern
  • Dark blue thread
  • Embroidery floss
  • One skein each of white (blanc), light pink 761, pink 760

Running Stitch

1. For each placemat, cut two pieces of 17 x 13 inch rectangles from the fabric.

2. Print the Sashiko pattern (Waves Pattern and/or Scales Pattern) and transfer it to one piece of fabric using a light color of transfer paper.

3. Embroider the design. Sashiko designs are stitched with the Running Stitch and usually without the use of a hoop. Use an extra long needle, so you can create several stitches at once on the loose fabric. This technique works best on designs with straight lines, but you can stitch them one at a time if you prefer and achieve the same results.

4. Pin the two pieces of fabric together right sides facing and sew 1 inch in from the edge, leaving a 2 inch space open. Turn the placemat right side out and press the seams flat.

5. Top stitch the placemat 1/8 inch in from the edge.

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91 Responses to Pond & Scales Sashiko Placemats from Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond

  1. Ellen C says:

    I would love to win the giveaway. I think Sashiko is simply beauty at its best.

  2. Noemy says:

    I started with cross-stitching and now I’m crazy to try those sashiko placemats you are showing the how-to. Thanks for the patterns and instructions!

  3. Regina says:

    I have a beginning sashiko kit – but haven’t made anything yet.

  4. Ivy says:

    I have tried embroidery and would love to keep up with it. I just can’t remember how to do most stitches. This would be great!

  5. Diane says:

    I can see using this method to make fabric postcards. Would be very striking.

  6. Rebecca King says:

    I do a little embroidery but no cross stitch at all.

  7. Bonnie James says:

    I did a little embroidery when I was young. My grandmother taught me. Haven’t done cross stitch but have 2 friends that do it all the time.

  8. Doti R says:

    I have always wanted to try sashako. Thanks fprthe patterns. I can see them on my table soon. Thanks for te chance to win Doti

  9. Lilly says:

    I cross-stitch, and started embroidery on paper cards. I’d like to start learning about Sashiko!

  10. Shelley says:

    I love embroidering! Thank you for the sweet tutorial & the opportunity to win this fun book 🙂

  11. Lholy-chan says:

    Thank you for the patterns! The placemats are cute. I really like sashiko and want to try it. I even bought a book about it when I was in Japan. Now I have to find the time.

  12. Sandy says:

    I do all kinds of embroidery, I find it very relaxing.

  13. lorraine m says:

    I love to embroider and for me this blue/white project is an exciting new technique to try!

  14. Lola Michaels says:

    I have been embroidering since 1984, but have never seen this technique. I’ll have to try it!

  15. Chris says:

    I love embroidery! And I used to do a lot of cross stitching. I would love to try out Sashiko, looks like fun!

  16. Lee says:

    I love embroidery! thank you for the tutorial and giveaway! I would love to try Sashiko!

  17. Lou says:

    I do a lot of embroidery and cross stich in teh evenings in fron of the tv:)

  18. Heather Miles says:

    My those are beautiful I love how sashiko looks especially against indigo.

  19. chibidani says:

    I cross stitch, but this looks amazing too!

  20. Jacquie Arnot says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous, and looks so simple. I’ve recently been teaching myself bead embroidery, but I think I am going to have to give this a go.

  21. Danijela says:

    Love embroidery,but know only few basic stitches.Amazing giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.

  22. Wendy Hatton says:

    The contrast between the white thread and blue fabric is very effective. Simple but striking.

  23. Prachi says:

    Yes, I love embroidery – and I embroider on fabric and paper (for cards)! I have never tried Sashiko – it looks like a fun new thing to learn!

  24. M says:

    Those scales are pretty!:)

  25. Emily C says:

    I love embroidery and am curious to try new techniques.

  26. kathyh says:

    I love redwork and have also used sashiko to highlight whatever I am sewing.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  27. Crunchy Con Mom says:

    I embroider and cross-stitch but haven’t tried sashiko!

  28. MarciaW. FL says:

    I want to learn sashiko and so far have not found a good instruction book to use. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I do love to embroider.

  29. Rebecca T in CA says:

    I just started embroidery and love it. Cross stitch was a little too precise for me 🙂

  30. Sarah N says:

    I have done a tiny bit of embroidery and loved it! I definitely want to try more as well as trying sashiko 🙂

  31. Pattij says:

    I would LOVE to try something like this!

  32. Kathe says:

    I love embroidery and am so thrilled it is making a comeback. I cross stitch, hardanger – whatever wit a needle and thread and fabric. Sashiko is a technique I have wanted to try but didn’t know where to start. Thank you.

  33. Liz says:

    i have been waiting a long time to try sashiko. thank you so much fro the free patterns!

  34. Jen says:

    I have dabbled in Sashiko and love it. Cant wait to see the new book!

  35. Beth T. says:

    I used to do a lot of cross-stitch, but set it aside when our kittens were “helping’ a bit too often. I think I’d like to get back to it, though, and perhaps try some Sashiko, too.

  36. Shannon says:

    I have done a bit of embroidery on a crazy quilt I started years ago. My daughter loves embroidery and I have been playing around with surface decorating my sewn objects in the last two months. Ready to amp up my skills!

  37. Samantha says:

    I love this project!

  38. Lisamarie in CT says:

    What a fun book! I’ve been wanting to try some more embroidery lately. My grandmother taught me how to embroider when I was a little girl. But it’s been quite a while. I recently have attempted to learn how to do smocking. I would love to try sashiko next. It is so simple and beautiful.

  39. Carmen says:

    I did crewel ages ago (a few decades) and cross-stitch a little closer to the present time, but nothing in recent memory

  40. Gail Beam in IL says:

    I haven’t tried Sashiko, it is beautiful! I have done some hand embroidery on doll’s faces and other small items as I just know some of the basic hand embroidery stitches.

  41. Miranda Evans says:

    Very cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. Heather says:

    Love the Pond design, it’s just gorgeous!

  43. Jessica says:

    I just started working through the stitches in her first book. So fun! Thanks for the tutorial

  44. Sarah says:

    Beautiful! I really enjoy hand embroidery, and I have a hand quilting project on the go that is a bit like sashiko (colorful circles on dark blue shot cotton – but I should add some white!)


  45. Kathy h says:

    I have done crewel work and cross stitch but never have tried sashiko . I love the look of the stitching.

  46. Allison C says:

    Love to embroider! I just started my first Sashiko and I’m totally hooked!

  47. Michele T says:

    I often embellish my quilted table runners, pillws, and other projects with stitches using embroidery floss… I really, really want to try Sashiko – it is beautiful!

  48. Isabel says:

    I’m new to embroidery but would love to learn!

  49. Debbie says:

    I don’t embroidery, but I would like to learn.

  50. Christine M says:

    Many years ago, before I discovered patchwork, I did cross stitch. These days I mainly do stitcheries to add into my patchwork! I’ve never tried Sashiko before. Your placemats look lovely with that brilliant blue fabric.

  51. ~T~ says:

    Sashiko is beautiful. This reminds me that I already have some sashiko placemats to finish! This book looks like a fun source.

  52. Peggy says:

    So so so pretty!! I love Sashiko. I have done both cross stitch and embroidery, but much prefer embroidery since it is a little less perfectionistic.

  53. Deb H. in PA says:

    I would love to win this book. I love embroidery and have been doing it for years. I haven’t tried Sashiko yet.

  54. These are gorgeous! The bright white against intense blue is just lovely!

  55. Anne Rita says:

    I have done quite a lot of cross stitching in the past. Nowadays, I do a little stitchery. I bought a sashiko kit ten years ago and finished it this Christmas 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Kay Eyles says:

    I have been cross stitching for years and am hoping to learn some new stitches this year. Thanks for sharing.

  57. jbsews says:

    I just started back doing embroidery. Having fun with it, and I love these ideas. 🙂

  58. Jodie says:

    How cute! I love embroidery and want to try more projects. Cute!

  59. Jen says:

    I’ve tried Sashiko and love it, and I do a bit of embroidery here and there. This book looks fantastic.

  60. Michelle says:

    I’ve dabble in embroidery and keep meaning to start crewel work (I had a book years ago, but no access to the floss, now I have access to the floss and can’t find the book). And I definitely want to try shashiko – this project looks like a great entry.

  61. SueBE says:

    I do cross stitch and this is tempting me to try Sashiko. Gorgeous.

  62. Kylie C says:

    I haven’t tried Sashiko before but I have used Sashiko designs for hand quilting mini quilts this past year!

  63. Gali Katz says:

    new to it!

  64. Laura in MD says:

    definitely done cross-stitch but haven’t heard of sashiko. Very cool!

  65. KeriAnn says:

    I have been cross-stitching since I was seven years old, but I have never tried free-hand embroidery. I would absolutely LOVE to learn how!

  66. Karrie Smith says:

    I’ve been noticing embroidery, and I REALLY want to try it! I haven’t done it yet, but it looks really fun 😉 Thanks for the chance to win.

  67. SS Sews says:

    This is beautiful!

  68. Sarah says:

    I need to start trying embroidery!

  69. Kristie says:

    I have the first Doodle Stitching book as well. My kids and I love it. We’ve gotten all the cousins (all 8 years old and under) working on their own embroidery. I’m currently embroidering a world map with a pattern from Haptic Lab. When I’m done, I really want to make some sashiko pillos for my bed. Thanks!

  70. Linda Fleming says:

    I love those placemats…
    I used Sashiko designs on an Asian style quilt I made last year.
    I sewed Japanese family crests on several blocks and used a similar wave design and scales design on the background. The designs were marked first and then machine stitched using my walking foot.

  71. rikki says:

    I’ve never tried embroidery before, though a recent blog hop has me itching to try it!

  72. marthaeliza says:

    I have the first Doodle Stitching book and love it! I use the sweet small designs when I am mending — I reinforce small holes and then embroider a flower and perhaps a bird over the mend.

  73. Annie K says:

    I fell in love with embroidery when I was ten years old (waaaay back in the dark ages!), and have also done crewel, a little cross stitch, and needlepoint. I’ve never tried Sashiko, but it looks like lots of fun, and is just lovely!

  74. jessicac says:

    I have dabbled in embroidery… not a pro yet! Would love to try sashiko out.. its so gorgeous!

  75. Robin says:

    I’m a total embroidery newb– but these placemats call to me. I need to try this! 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and the chance to win!

  76. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    How creative!! I used to cross stitch until I discovered quilting last year.. Beautiful work.. Love to win your book..

  77. Sarah G says:

    I have cross stitched for quite a while but I’m really intrigued by shashiko. I can’t wait to try it!

  78. MelodyJ says:

    I haven’t started embroidery yet. I learned candlewicking in middle school. Lots of french knots.

  79. Nati says:

    I love embroidery and cross stitch and have a few of the doodle stitch books at home, my favourite is the motif collection! Thanks for the chance to win!

  80. Java Jane says:

    The Shashiko placements are just lovely! Thank you for sharing the patterns!

  81. Deborah says:

    I love Sashiko. I tried it for the first time last month and it looks amazing. Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

  82. Emmers says:

    I used to embroider when I was in college and without kids, I would love to get back into it now!

  83. Naomi says:

    I’m an avid cross stitcher! I am in the middle of a Heaven and Earth Designs piece that is 488125 stitches!

    I actually did my first ever piece of embroidery just this very evening! I had a blast! I’m unsure why i waited this long to try it! can’t wait to try Sashiko too .. I saw this on a quilt at a quilting fair and it was beautiful!

    What an awesome tutorial and giveaway opportunity!! 🙂

  84. fenna says:

    I think the running stitch is about the only one I know–would love to learn some more 🙂

  85. Glenys says:

    I like embroidering! I’ve tried cross stitch too. Although it is a long and slow process for me, the end results is so pretty and satisfying. 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial.

  86. Pat Upton says:

    I have one of the doodle stitching motif books and love it! I would love to win this one! I am fascinated by the sashiko embroidery but have not tried it yet. I have cross stitched for many years in the past but I like small stitches on my cross stitch and my poor old eyes need bright light and magnification!

  87. Deana says:

    I haven’t done embroidery since I cross-stitched as a kid, but I’ve been pinning Sashiko and Boro like mad lately. I think a project is in my future!

  88. Debra says:

    I have the second doodle stitching book and love it! Would love this one with the Sashiko patterns as I have done the concentric circles one already! Thanks

  89. breanne says:

    Aside from cross stitching as a wee lass with mom ages ago, I’ve never tried embroidery, since I’m just getting my sewing legs. It looks like something I would really love to do, though, and doodle stitching looks like something that could make my BUYING of birthday and xmas gifts obsolete… I’m crafting it ALL from now on!

  90. Willow says:

    I love Aimee’s books. Thanks for the tutorial on Sashiko. I’m looking forward to trying this style of embroidery.

  91. I am totally going to try stitching those scales! Wish me luck. 🙂

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