Please NOTE this is a PDF FILE ONLY and not a finished product. No returns and refunds for pattern purchase.
WHAT IS GION-MATSURI?
Gion-matsuri takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It dates back to 869 as a religious ceremony to pray for deliverance from plague.
As July approaches, we can hear the sound of Ohayashi (the musical accompaniment played by traditional Japanese instruments) coming out of nowhere and everywhere. It’s the sound of Kyoto in July.
It takes place over the entire month of July and during the festival, the decorated wagons called “Yama” and “Hoko” stand on the streets in the center of the city. The highlight of the festival is “Yamahoko Junko” held on the 17. People pull those huge “Yama” and “Hoko” and parade around town.
Quite unfortunately, Gion-matsuri has been cancelled since 2020 due to the outbreak of covid-19. I designed this Gion-matsuri sashiko pattern with a wish for deliverance from plague.
【This file includes:】
- 2 pages of A4 pattern (PDF)
- 2 sheets of A4 paper to print pattern pages
- Cotton fabric
- Sashiko thread（Or you can use embroidery thread as an alternative）
- Scotch tape to put the two pages together
- Sashiko needle (Hand sewing needle with large eye)
- Fabric marker or chalk paper to transfer the pattern
This pattern is easy to follow, as long as you have some basic sewing skills. The only technique you’ll need is simple running stitch. I also have some How-To videos introducing basic sashiko techniques on YouTube so you can refer to.
“Preparing the paper pattern”
“Transferring the pattern on the fabric with a chalk paper”
“How to start stitching without a knot”
This pattern will be available for instant download when your purchase is confirmed. Once you have downloaded this file, you can print the pattern with A4 paper on your printer at home to make this project.
You must have a PDF READER on your computer to open and print this pattern. If you haven’t installed it, I suggest you to download and install the ADOBE READER here: http://www.adobe.com/
This design is for personal use only. Please do not resell.