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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.