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Make + mend : sashiko-inspired embroidery projects to customize and repair textiles and decorate your home / Jessica Marquez ; photography by Erin Scott.
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Make & mend

Make and mend
First edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2018]
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152 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm x 20 cm
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An exquisite, full-color guide to sashiko, a simple Japanese stitching technique that uses stunning patterns to decorate or repair clothing, accessories, and home textiles.

Requiring no special equipment other than a sewing needle and thread , Make and Mend introduces the incredibly simple technique of sashiko--a striking hand-sewing method using a running stitch to form pleasing geometric patterns. Sashiko is traditionally used to mend and repair clothing and textiles, but it can just as easily be used to create beautiful, decorative projects for the home. With fifteen projects applying a modern, on-trend aesthetic to this ancient craft, Make and Mend shows readers how to apply sashiko stitching to a variety of craft projects, such as repairing torn jeans, mending a ripped hem, and making decorative pillows, napkins, a tablecloth, and a totebag. Touching on the concepts of beauty in minimalism and resourceful simplicity, as well as a fascination with Japan and Japanese design, this easy and accessible book appeals to both the seasoned maker and total beginner.

Author Notes

JESSICA MARQUEZ is an author, photographer, teacher, content creator, and full-time creative maker behind the handmade shop Miniature Rhino. Jessica's work has been featured in dozens of print publications and countless blogs including Style Me Pretty , Design*Sponge , Apartment Therapy , and Refinery29 .



INTRODUCTION  Sashiko is a traditional Japanese art of functional embroidery defined by its use of the running stitch and geometric patterns. It grew out of practical need, not solely for decorative embellishment. It was used to insulate, strengthen, patch, and mend textiles to extend their life and usefulness. Sashiko translates as "little stabs," which perfectly describes the method used to create the distinctive sashiko running stitch. The needle is dipped, or "stabbed," in and out of the fabric, collecting small gathers onto the needle, that when pulled through make many small stitches at once. This simple, efficient stitch was used to quilt layers of fabric together with bold, interlocking geometric patterns.  *** While creating this book, I felt inspired and deeply challenged by the lessons sashiko provides. The beauty of sashiko is in its simplicity and resourcefulness. I hope this "make do and mend" spirit will also inspire you. It has changed my relationship to textiles--and the way I look at consumer goods altogether (especially single use items like plastic cups and bags). My hope is that this book can be a useful resource for people who want to create a greater connection to the objects they own, wear, and make, who are looking for meaning in their craft, and wish to minimize their footprint on this planet.  Over time sashiko has evolved from mainly a necessity to a decorative art unto itself. In Make + Mend , as the title suggests, my goal is to share both aspects of sashiko: creative projects embellished with sashiko patterns and historical mending techniques. I've tried my best to pay homage to this art form and share its many creative uses in an inviting and accessible way. I hope my deep appreciation for the art of sashiko leaps off these pages and inspires you to pick up a needle and thread with the confidence to make or mend something you love with sashiko. Excerpted from Make and Mend: Sashiko-Inspired Embroidery Projects to Customize and Repair Textiles and Decorate Your Home by Jessica Marquez All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.