If you are reading this on the 8th of February
Hey there! I am Janette. While living in Japan I fell in love with sashiko. The simple yet intricate design caught my eye and my heart. Sharing all I know with you on Stitches on the Run.
The traditional Japanese sashiko pattern jūjihanazashi 十字花刺し means "letter ten flower stitches."
The modern Japanese sashiko pattern tulips チューリップ means, surprisesurprise: "tulips." The pattern is made up of straight vertical and diagonal lines. There are moyōzashi versions of this pattern, too, but this one is categorized into hitomezashi.
The modern Japanese sashiko pattern chōmusubi 蝶結び means "bowknots" and features tiny ribbons alternating with tiny crosses. It is a hitomezashi pattern that screams cuteness. Especially in pink.
The traditional Japanese sashiko pattern ryūseigun 流星群 means "meteor shower." It is geometric and looks like meteors holding each other's tails.
The traditional Japanese sashiko pattern kagome 籠目 means "woven bamboo basket eyes." The "eyes" refer to the holes in the pattern. It is also referred to as trihexagonal tiling in English. This version of the pattern is hitomezashi.
The traditional Japanese pattern hitomekagome means "hitome basket eyes." As the name suggests, it is a hitome pattern.
You probably already guessed it, but the leaf pattern is a rather new addition to the vast directory of sashiko stitching patterns and belongs to hitomezashi 一目刺し. The pattern looks harmless, but don't be fooled! This one takes quite a while to finish.
The traditional Japanese pattern sanjūbishitsunagi 三重菱繋ぎ means "three-layered rhombi connection." You can find it as a pattern in hotels all across Japan.
The traditional Japanese sashiko pattern asagao 朝顔 or 牽牛花 means "morning glory." The morning glory pattern belongs to moyōzashi 模様刺し and is well suited for beginners.