Sashiko Pre-printed Panel - 16 Traditional Japanese Patterns (Susan Briscoe) - Geranium (Magenta) - A2003P - is currently on backorder. You may still purchase now though and we'll ship as soon as more become available.
Designed by Susan Briscoe for Olympus Company of Japan, this 24" x 42" panel features 16 Japanese family crests printed on Tsumugi cotton fabric.
The larger squares are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2". The smaller squares are 4 3/8" x 4 3/8".For the Sashiko enthusiast, you're going to love trying your stitching skills on this pre-printed sashiko panel. The lines do wash out so do not prewash the panel.
When you've finished the stitching, hand wash in lukewarm water to remove the stitching lines. Hang to dry and iron while damp.
100% cotton - Made in Japan
What is Tsumugi? Tsumugi is an obsolete, costly, narrow Japanese silk fabric made in the following fashion: first, a coarse cloth is woven with cotton wrap and thick silk filling; second, this fabric is run through a dye vat several times; third, it is buried in the ground until the cotton warp has rotted; lastly, the silk is rewoven into a fabric. The result is a mottled design produced by undyed places in the silk yarn where the cotton warp prevented dye penetration.
Olympus Company of Japan has developed a cotton fabric similar to the true Tsumugi.
These fabrics are also a "shot" fabric which means they have different colored warp and weft threads like the Tsumugi fabrics. The different colored warp and weft threads help to add to the depth of color in the fabric.
The black colored weft threads are slightly thicker than the warp threads which add some slubbing, also similar to true Tsumugi, giving this fabric a wonderful woven texture.