Suitable projects could be coasters, placemats or kitchen cloths but you are welcome to start a bigger project in class such as a cushion cover. Hitomezashi cloths in Japan are often stitched on a loose weave, absorbent cotton and used for teatowels, food coverings and dish cloths.
Fabric – a fat quarter of -
Linen, loose weave cotton, gingham check
Or Fabric with dots or crosses that are about ¼” distance apart and similar to maths paper (not offset polka dots)
Examples of fabric with dots or squares
1/4m Soft cloth interfacing or a layer of thin soft fabric such as well washed calico.
(Hitomezashi is not usually stitched through quilt batting but a second layer of fabric helps to stabilise the top fabric)
Sashiko thread or pearl cotton 5 or 8, or stranded embroidery cotton. Colours to show up against your background fabric.
Sashiko needles or chenille needle with an eye suitable for the thread you are using.
Fabric marking for plain background fabrics
(not required if you have fabric already marked with dots or squares)
Water soluble fabric marker, quilting ruler, cutting mat
Alternative method for fabric marking – dressmakers tracing wheel, transfer paper in a colour which will show up on your background fabric.