Sashiko Stitching – Right and Wrong

Here are some common rules of stitching to achieve clean and elegant end result.

Sashiko Stitching - Right & Wrong - Intersecting

Sashiko Stitching - Right & Wrong Perpendicular

Space the stitches when pattern lines meet, so they don’t touch. This will make the pattern look more elegant.

Sashiko Stitching - Right & Wrong Right Turns

A stitch must end right at the turn of a corner. Make the last stitch right into the corner so the pattern will be nicely defined.

Sashiko Stitching - Right & Wrong Sharp Turns

When you make a sharp turn, leave a tiny loop on the back to avoid puckering.

Sashiko Stitching - Right & Wrong Open Intersections

The intersections of these kinds of designs usually need to be open. Stitches shouldn’t cross on the front side of fabric.

Sashiko Stitching - Right & Wrong No Pucker

You can carry the thread across the back of your work to move to next section if the distance is an inch or less.  Make sure the crossing thread is loose so the fabric doesn’t pucker.

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