OK, I couldn't wait... so, for everyone who loves hitomezashi (one stitch) sashiko...
Front covers (first book on left, newer book on right) - both have more or less the same title, so it may seem a bit confusing, but they have different contents -
Back covers - newest book is on right -
Book 1 -
62 pages, paperback. Text - Japanese
History section (with interesting photos)
20 pages looking in depth at individual antique sorihikihappi (sled hauling waistcoats) with detailed photos and stitch diagrams.
26 individual pattern diagrams, using the same system as "The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook".
14 pages of projects, including Reiko's version of my Rice Sack Bag and the amazing 3-D sashiko balance balls! (I've added one of my photos of these - there's a photo of them included in "Japanese Sashiko Inspirations", but not the instructions for piecing them).
Book 2 -
92 pages, paperback. Text - Japanese
History section with more great photos plus a map of the area.
How to make your own sorihiki happi waistcoat!
43 individual pattern diagrams, using the same system as "The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook". Includes a hatamusubi knot diagram instruction too.
20 pages of projects, including bags, 3-d pieces and wearables -
The sashiko pumpkin is fantastic!
Two projects using variations on my designs, "New Year's Eve in Yamagata City" and a combination of blocks from "Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match" with Yuza Sashiko.
The black & multicoloured bag on the right page is one Reiko gave me - here are the instructions -
8 pages in depth look at the sashiko sampler quilt on the inside of the front cover.
Yuza sashiko exhibition photo gallery.
Both these books are not available through most of the regular sources e.g. Amazon Japan. You can get them through Reiko's website, but you'd need to be able to read Japanese to do it...
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