Welcome to Studio Aika
Traditional Japanese Sashiko Design & Instruction
In this site you will find tutorials and articles, descriptions and pictures of materials and patterns and where to find them, for all types of projects. Within the tutorial section, you will learn basic knowledge and technique of Japanese Sashiko stitching including materials, designs, tools, how to transfer a design, how to stitch, as well as the way to take care of Sashiko items. I will post articles and news every week and hope you will be entertained and informed.
While you’re here, please stop by my Art Gallery where you can view my work and unique Sashiko designs. Come back often and watch for newly designed projects.
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This site welcomes craft enthusiasts to participate in conversation about all related topics so that we can create our hand-working community; a place to expand and enhance your knowledge of traditional Japanese Sashiko so that you can begin to create your own unique designs.
The origin of Sashiko is not very clear. However, through the last few centuries, this type of Sashiko embroidery has been practiced in many districts in Japan. Today, Sashiko has become useful for surface embellishment on a single layer of fabric, and as an alternative to traditional western quilting. Sashiko is often used with patchwork or appliqué to create more complex designs.
– from my upcoming DVD – Sashiko Tutorial