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New Book

I was on duty at the Embroiderers Guild Stand at this years State Quilt show this week and had a wonderful time catching up with old friends, past students and other people.  I had to check out all the stalls and at Be Be Bold, who specialise in Japanese materials (they were my importers for materials when I was teaching), Jane said "I have a new book".  So I bought it.

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Nothing I don't already know as far as the contents is concerned but it is a lovely book and I do like the use of Counted Sashiko as the title.  Western stitchers understand this far better than Kogin.

She has 200 Hishizashi patterns included in the book.  You can find 700 Hishizashi patterns that you can download for free here on this blog, so I don't need those but the names of the patterns are all there.  I searched forever for these and only found confusing results.  The history section is also good but the Kogin from the west coast isn't included.  (It was only used for making straps to remove wood from the forest.)  The other useful section was the traditional and substitute western fabrics that can be used.  I ended up having to import my threads and the fabric by the bolt when I started stitching Kogin as nothing was available here.

The book has lots of basic beginner projects for those who want to try this technique but I think I will make this bag for my grand daughters.

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I made a similar shaped bag that I taught as an advanced Kogin class some years ago but it was for teaching techniques and I think the girls would like the one from the book better.  (My bag was a sampler of all the Hishi Zashi patterns.)

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Hishizashi Patterns 689 - 700

Patterns No 689 - 700

Download No 689 - 700.pages

I remembering writing that I thought there would be 400 patterns when I began charting and stitching them and here I sit at 700.  The other patterns that I have collected are variations on those already charted but I have got this far so I may as well include them as well.  That means a few more weeks to go till I finish.


Hishizashi Patterns 665 - 676

Hishizashi Patterns No 665 - 676

Download No 665-676.pages

This set of patterns will forever be associated with sitting in the hospital waiting room for 5 hours.  Kogin embroidery is a meditative form of stitching.  You have to concentrate on the count of the pattern and the level of difficulty isn't extremely high. It is just high enough that you can not think of other things, like what is happening in the operating theatre.

I sat by a window looking out onto the grey day and the storms sweeping in on the city but all I thought about was the stitching.  Those 5 hours sped by and the next thing I knew the surgeon was calling my name to give me feed back and I had just about finished all 12 patterns.

When stitching Kogin embroidery my thoughts often turn to those women who first stitched these patterns.  Their lives can not have been easy.  I often wonder if they too found the stitching a meditative practice?


Hishizashi Patterns 641 - 652

Pattern No 641 - 652

Download No 641-652


Oh boy, with everything that has been happening over the last few months I forgot to put in an order for more blue hemp fabric and now I see the girls are in Japan shopping.  I will send them an Email but it could be ages before it gets here so the next sample is going to have to be on cream fabric.  It is all that is left.