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HEXAGON book cover

Added Mar 3, 2011

by nahoko

Tokyo, Japan






Hand stitched book cover with Kogin embroidery.

Kogin is a traditional Japanese stitching technique that was born in Northern area of Japan hundreds years ago. Kogin is one of the Sashiko stitching technique.
The ladies of farmer families stitched with cotton thread in order to retain heat well and to strengthen linen fabric. Furthermore, based on their lifestyle, they have developed a lot of unique designs which are symmetric and combined with a couple of basic patterns. Traditional Kogin are done with white thread on indigo ground fabric.

I was inspired a lot by this website (only in japanese)

I like Kogin’s simple and geometric design. and I think black & white color makes traditional design a bit like modern.
and the stitched fabric is surprisingly comfy and fit in my hands while reading.
This hexagonal pattern is named “kikko” and it literally means tortoise shell as a symbol of long life and happiness in Japan and maybe some asian coutries as well :)

Material Notes

embroidery fabric and embroidery thread, cotton 100%


Garment Type

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    Mar 4, 2011, 04.06 AMby Rikamekko

    はじめまして、こんにちは。 こぎん刺しのブックカバーとても素敵です。 白と黒の対比が柄を引き立てていてとてもきれいです。 私にはとても気の遠くなりそうな手作業に圧巻です!

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      Mar 5, 2011, 02.18 AMby nahoko

      ありがとうございます!音楽を聞きながら、テレビを聞きながら、おしゃべりしながらなので意外とできちゃいましたー :-)

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    Mar 3, 2011, 11.36 PMby jenss-1

    It’s beautiful stitching – thank you for posting the photos! As a beginner with sashiko myself, I am impressed and inspired by the precision of your stitching. Beautiful work!

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      Mar 5, 2011, 02.10 AMby nahoko

      thank you!!! but you can easily find some mistakes in counting of the number of woven threads… :p but I don’t care, and sometimes I didn’t follow traditonal Sashiko stitching rules and just stitched as I like… but yes I’m quite satisfied with the result :)

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