Best Audience: Sewers, Quilters, and Fiber Artists with at least beginner level sewing skills who want to learn the basics of Sashiko or are looking to expand their experience into related styles of Japanese Embroidery
The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook: Patterns, Projects and Inspirations by Susan Briscoe was my second sashiko book. The first I purchased because it had a terrific pattern library, although it was actually written with the modern sewing machine in mind. Briscoe’s title had the added bonus of being focused on stitching sashiko by hand in the traditional way.
Years later, Briscoe’s book is one of the ones I most frequently pull out for inspiration or as a reference for patterns I’m thinking of using. My favorite of her projects is the Kinchaku Bags with the Tote Bag as a close runner-up. Her instructions are easy to follow so long as you’ve got very basic sewing skills. If you know how to read a simple pillow-making pattern, follow the instructions, and create a pillow, then you’ll do just fine with Briscoe’s projects. Advanced sewers like me can easily alter the patterns to make different sizes and shapes or adapt them to create entirely new pieces as well. I’ve used her Moyõzashi sashiko and Hitomezashi sashiko patterns in quilts and other projects as well as for both hand and machine stitching. My only complaint is that I wish she’d included more patterns to choose from…and maybe that she’d included a little more on the symbolic background and traditional use for each than she has.
If you’re new to sashiko but have some sewing skill, The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook: Patterns, Projects and Inspirations by Susan Briscoe is a good place to start. If you’re looking for a set of projects to work on primarily by hand or want inspiration to expand your sashiko adventures further, Briscoe’s work may well hold exactly what you desire.
Bottom Line: The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook: Patterns, Projects and Inspirations by Susan Briscoe has earned a place on my bookshelf.
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