After trying out some traditional sashiko designs on paper I came to the conclusion something else was needed. A continuous design was going to cause untold headaches with the construction, so I turned my thoughts to a four petalled flower. From there my thoughts roamed to arabic tiling and mosaics, but that was getting more complex rather than simpler. So I’ve ended up at a celtic knot design. I had two alternatives, but having sewn a sample of the simpler celtic knot design, I realised that this was all the complexity it could take. I also noticed I’d crossed one pair of strands the wrong way in the original quarter design template so that got remedied too.
I now have a design that looks complex but actually only has two lines of stitching crossing over the diagonals. Which gives me some leeway for the folding.
Once I’d stitched the sample I realised that I was going to need a stitching template so that the stitches align correctly without any ugly joins. That’s on the right.