Whilst surfing the net looking for images of Kogin embroidery I came across an antique booklet of Semamori Patterns at Sri threads and I had to find out just what that was.
The post began;
"In Japan, there is acertain magic associated with stitching..."
That was it, my full attention was centred on finding out more. I am now charting the symbols and intend to sew them onto singlets for babies, of which there are always more arriveing. This should make a change from roses and the like. I will post them as I have them stitched along with the pattern as a free download.
image from Sri Threads
For more information about Semamori patterns here are some links:
There are lots of entries in Japanese and of course Google Translate is as amusing as ever.