Sashiko, a quick and easy form of Japanese quilting inspired by nature, has become increasingly popular with needleworkers. This practical guide explores sashiko's distinctive geometric patterns, and introduces its materials, equipment, and basic techniques. Thirty striking designs, each accompanied by a full drawing, range from the Ougi (Fan) and Ume (plum blossom) to Shippu (seven treasures) and Sayagata (Buddhist symbols). Ten projects include aprons, placemats, cushions, and bags.
Hiromitsu Takano trained as an architect, but has worked for many years as a craft teacher. In 1976 he was awarded the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Prize by the Japanese government. He still lives in Tokyo.