A new graphic approach to traditional Japanese Sashiko! The Sashiko embroidery designs in this book are almost architectural in nature--fresh and exciting. They include time-honored patterns used in new and striking ways as well as innovative designs inspired by things that we use and see every day. Paper clips, bridges, factories and seaside scenes are just a few of the many sources of inspiration for these 31 fabulous embroidery designs. This complete how-to stitch design and pattern book includes: Illustrated techniques showing you how to chart your pattern and forming the perfect stitches Actual-size grids along with instructions for executing your designs Easy projects for accessories like bags, napkins and tissue box covers Inspirational photos demonstrate the flow, texture and use of color that modern sashiko delivers, as well as some of the cool things you can make with these elegant and whimsical patterns!