It appears to have originally been some kind of utility repair stitching. Stitches are normally straight lines to hold new patches in place on work garments, or if you want to be fancy you can use Sashiko motifs.
While at a quilt show a few months back I picked up this kit for a very good price, it has lots of squares of Indigo Shibori fabrics which have been dyed using a beancurd as a resist for the design.
The fabrics are quite coarse in quality and not very useful for regular quilting, however...
I turned 50 in November (how did that happen?!!?) and treated myself to a very special birthday present.
My old machine cover doesn't fit, so I decided to have a go at making a new one, using this technique. I have to say that instructions seem to be very thin on the ground! It is described in the V & A book as a type of freeform patchwork and as such there seems to be very little in the way of rules! The basic idea is to cover a foundation fabric with squares or rectangles of your chosen patches and then hold them in place with running stitches.
The kit came with a very thin white cotton intended for sashing so I am using that as my base. I have cut the foundations a few inches bigger than I need, one piece for the main cover and two side panels. I cut the squares into random pieces and pinned them on.
Err now what? I didn't want pins in my way as I hand stitch and I didn't really want to use glue as I don't intend to wash this, so I machine basted with the longest stitch I could to hold them temporarily in place. I have no idea if this is how you are supposed to do it! I will stitch mainly straight lines, but I couldn't resist adding in a couple of repeats of this stencil to break it up.
I don't have any Sashiko thread and I don't really want to have to buy any, so I am using what I have, some Perle Cotton and Aurifil 12wt and a spool of unknown cotton.
I will start with the side panels to get the hang of the stitching. I am sure this is not the right way to do this technique but I don't really mind. If you look at finished pieces they are all bit utilitarian and rough and ready. Wish me luck!
If anyone has done this before and knows the 'correct' way to do it, I would love to know!