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In recent years, there has been a great revival of interest in Sashiko, the traditional Japanese technique of needlework quilting based on a quick and easy running stitch. Japanese Quilting: Sashiko is a practical introduction to the distinctive patterns and designs of the style. After guiding you through the basic techniques, author Hiromitsu Takano provides 30 detailed designs ranging from the ougi (fan), ume (plum blossom), to shippu (seven treasures) and sayagata (Buddhist symbols). There are ten step-by-step projects to insure you from aprons to placemats, cushions to bags. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced quilter, this is a fascinating exploration of an exciting and traditional craft. Soft-cover, 128 pages.