This image will illustrate how I went about creating the sashiko embroidery:
I marked the fabric with the help of my favorite marking tool, a Prym mechanical chalk pencil, and a circle cut out from card.
On one side of the purse I embroidered a pattern called 'linked seven treasures' (shippo tsunagi)
and on the other side a pattern called 'circular Bishamon' (maru bishamon) for courage, prosperity and protection.
This is what it looks like when the purse is closed:
I love the flower decorations at the end of the strings:
I hope I have inspired you to try some sashiko embrodery. The stitches are basically just a running stitch where the gap between the stitches should be shorter than the stitches themselves. I'm always amazed by how much you can do and how beautiful work you can create with the simple running stitch. I think it must be my favourite stitch along with French knots!
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