Jujizashi Sashiko cross stitch is a very common sashiko stitch that is worked with horizontal and vertical running stitches. It is a Hitomezashi type of sashiko stitching and is worked on a grid marked on your fabric.
If you can do the simple running stitch, you can do this Sashiko stitch. It is easiest when you mark a grid on your fabric, but the stitch can be done “free hand” if you’d like. The character of this stitch comes from not having perfect stitches. It is intended as a mending stitch to extend the wear of clothes but has evolved as a decorative stitch for garments and accessories.
This is a perfect stitch for beginners. All you need is a scrap of fabric, some stitching thread and a needle. You can use #8 Pearle cotton instead of Sashiko thread.
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How should I use the Jujizashi Sashiko stitch?
This stitch is perfect for adding a patch to a garment, or to use as a decorative stitch on a new garment or accessory. We’ve used it to make some simple stitched coasters.
Why is it sometimes called the ’10’ Sashiko Stitch?
The cross stitches form the number “10” in both Japanese and Chinese characters.
Browse through more Sashiko projects and inspiration on Create Whimsy.