Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan. It was traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair, worn places or tears with patches, essentially it is a type of running stitch which is easily adaptable and is often used for purely decorative purposes. Traditionally you would stitch with white cotton thread onto indigo fabric. It is super easy to get the hang of, and the stitching process is very meditative and relaxing. Late last year I got madly addicted and was harboring grand plans of making a quit out of the squares. I suspect that I may end up settling for a wall hanging or some sort of table runner.