Sashiko Pin Cushion Making Kit – Masu

A kit with a lacquered box and instructions to create your own pin cushion embroidered with sashiko, a Japanese running stitch technique.

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This kit contains all the essentials to create your own pin cushion and embroider it with a masu, square box pattern using sashiko, a Japanese needlework technique. Established in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868 CE), sashiko was used to repair and reinforce worn-out fabrics, as well as stitching together layers of cloth for insulation and warmth in the cold winter months. Masu was originally a square box used to measure rice in Japan, whose pronunciation is a homophone of the word ‘increasing’. The increasing size of the squares is therefore regarded as an auspicious symbol of prosperity often embroidered on clothing using the sashiko technique, which gradually became used for decorative purposes. This kit contains instructions in English and Japanese languages as well as a lacquered box meant to be a continuation of the masu pattern. The box is made of paulownia wood scraps, obtained from the company’s production of Iwayado Tansu, ornate chests of drawers with origins in the 12th century CE.

Avoid leaving in direct sunlight.
Avoid moisture.

Pin Cushion Box Size: L6 cm x W6 cm x H4.5 cm
Package Size: L13.5 cm x W7 cm x H7 cm

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Sashiko is a form of Japanese embroidery that involves stitching and quilting fabric. Born out of the spirit of cherishing things, it is used to both decorate and reinforce clothing to increase its durability and longevity.

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