Janette Haruguchi

Janette Haruguchi

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.


Kawarikakushippō means "variation of angled seven treasures." Like many traditional patterns, kawarikakushippō is a kisshōmonyō 吉祥文様 "lucky omen pattern."


The traditional Japanese pattern seigaiha 青海波 means "waves of the blue sea." Like the name suggests, the pattern represents stylized waves. As a kisshōmonyō, it is thought to bring good fortune.


A modern sashiko stitching pattern that is suitable for beginners. Puzzles represent strong bonds as well as "peace" because a puzzle is made up of "piece(s)."


Rokkakuasanoha 六角麻の葉 means "hexagonal hemp leaf." It is closely related to the extremely popular asanoha pattern, but has fewer lines.


Asanoha 麻の葉 means "hemp leaf" in Japanese and as the name suggests, the pattern is a geometric abstraction of a hemp leaf.


The traditional Japanese pattern musubikikkō 結び亀甲 means "linked tortoiseshells." It is part of the 亀甲紋様 "tortoise shell pattern," which is also referred to as honeycomb pattern or hexagon-shaped pattern.


The traditional Japanese pattern marutsunagi 円繋ぎ means "circles linked." As the name suggests, it consists of circles. It is a popular sashiko moyōzashi pattern.


The traditional Japanese pattern shippōtsunagi 七宝繋ぎ means "seven treasures linked." It is also referred to as wachigai 輪違 "various circles" sometimes.

How to quilt with sashiko

If you reduce sashiko to its technique, it is basically a running stitch that creates patterns. So of course you can use it to quilt. | What you need to know

How to make a palm thimble

Making your own palm thimble is incredibly easy and inexpensive. There are only 6 steps until you can put your finished sashiko thimble on your finger. | Tutorial