Sashiko, literally translated as "little stabs," is a form of traditional Japanese embroidery. Reaching back hundreds of years, sashiko began as a functional form of embroidery necessary to patch and add strength to garments, lengthening their useful lifespan. Over the centuries, it has evolved from a frugal necessity into decorative, but still functional, stitching.
Known for its use of running stitches, the "little stabs" the art is named for, Sashiko is a relaxing form of handwork used both in visible mending and as a beautiful decorative way to add designs to cloth. Enjoy browsing our collection of Sashiko supplies.