Heidi is a cute little coin purse with a magnetic fan closure and beautiful sashiko style embroidery. It comes with five different patterns. You can also use your creativity to design your own pattern.
Visit our Etsy shop for the DIY Kit with everything you need to make this bag. (Thank you for your support! Some patterns have already been sold out. We are working on it and will do our best to bring them back in stock as soon as we can. Please feel feel to send us a message if there is a particular pattern you want and we will prioritise it.)
The video tutorial for embroidery can be found below:
Ocean Wave embroidery video tutorial
Seven Treasure embroidery video tutorial (Note: Back stitch is used in the video tutorial. You can also use running stitch instead. Make sure you use the same stitch, whichever you prefer, throughout. On each arch which is a quarter of the circle, do 4 or 5 stitches with them being very close to one another. Again, be consistent with the number of stitches on each arch whatever your preference is.)
The photos below shows the embroidery process when running stitch is used. As you can see, instead of sewing each circle as demonstrated in the video, you can also follow the traditional way of sashiko by going in one direction first and turning into the opposite direction.
Persimmon Flower is a classic traditional sashiko pattern. Out of the five patterns available for Heidi, it is the only one that comes with a white heat erasable pen for you to draw the pattern or your own design on the plain sashiko fabric in the kit. (All the other patterns are more complicated to draw, and therefore come with the patterns printed directly on the sashiko fabric.)
The 1:1 embroidery paper pattern is included in the kit for Persimmon Flower. You can use it as a template to cut the wadding, and draw the embroidery grid on the main fabric.
As shown in the picture below, I cut off the paper embroidery pattern, placed it on top of the right side of the fabric within the area marked by the pins, and marked the ends of the horizontal and vertical lines accordingly. I then connected the dots with a ruler. Instead of using this method, you could also draw the grids directly on the fabric, each line is 5mm apart from the next one, and the grids are squares of 5mmx5mm.
Note: Please make sure to put the small lid back on immediately after using the heat erasable pen. Otherwise the ink will dry out over time.
People say that sashiko is 70% drawing and 30% stitching. Once the grids are there, you can start enjoying the sashiko embroidery! Traditionally, the vertical lines will be sew all at once, and the same applies to horizontal ones, as shown in the pictures in our paper tutorial. However, it really has no rules and as you can see from the pictures below, I stitched freely from one flower to anther flower and the result is the same.
Heidi purse with Persimmon Flower gives you a real experience of Sashiko from the beginning (drawing patterns) to the end. Once you have done it, you will be free to choose or develop your own sashiko patterns. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!