#H-238 indigo blue sashiko hanafukin panel 'kingyo' goldfish
These pre printed panels from Olympus Thread Mfg. Co. are called 'hana fukin' with literally means 'flower cloth'. They are printed in grey on indigo blue coloured narrow width traditional sarashi cloth (an easy to stitch traditional Japanese cotton cloth). Each panel is supplied in one piece with a plain area the same size attached, because they are designed to be stitched through both layers and the edges turned in to make a little cloth, but you can stitch the printed layer separately (as I have done).
I'm stitching this panel next(no stitching photo just yet!) and planning to use 20m Olympus Thread Mfg. Co. sashiko thread #75 for the goldfish with either #72 for the water ripples, to use as a cushion panel. It also looks lovely stitched in one colour. I am using the sashiko threads doubled for the fish a bolder effect, and perhaps singly for the water ripples. It will be bordered and backed with one of the Olympus striped cottons, and made into a cushion.
'Kingyo' are associated with summer.
Sarashi cloth is quite lightweight compared with other sashiko fabrics, but is very easy to stitch, super absorbent and wears well. It is one of the fabrics traditionally used for kimono underwear!
Finished size approx 13in (33cm) square.
Marks wash out. NB - the marks have less contrast than my pre printed sashiko panels. The fabric is indigo colour, not natural indigo, so the colour won't run.
Designed and made by Olympus Thread Mfg. Co. in Japan.