Exciting news today! We are launching several gorgeous new kits for some of the shawl designs in 52 Weeks of Shawls, the latest book from Laine Publishing.  Each kit will come with all the yarn you’ll need to knit your shawl, beautifully wrapped and with a Loop cotton project bag. And we’ve even given you a 10% discount on the total cost of the yarn.

What is Sashiko? Sashiko means “little stabs” referring to the distinctive running stitch that defines this technique of Japanese needlework. Traditional Sashiko was used to reinforce or repair old clothing with simple stitches to strengthen and mend. Today, the traditional art of Sashiko has become an art form in itself and is used for primarily decorative purposes like visible mending, quilting and embroidery. Sashiko designs consist of geometric patterns and tesselating shapes. Common motifs include designs inspired by nature like clouds, bamboo, rippling water and waves and persimmon flower. Traditionally Sashiko was known for its graphic style and light colour …

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