A hand-sewn running stitch as fast as a sewing machine? Must see 😮

Yoko SaitoWhen we see a quilt artist do amazing things, we can’t wait to share those amazing things with you. We’ve got one of those magical moments for you today. But you are going to have to see it to believe it. We saw it in person, and we still can’t believe it!

Japanese master quilt artist Yoko Saito has dedicated 40 years to her craft, and her patchwork-and-appliqué designs are admired the world over. She’s known for hand piecing, hand appliquéing, hand embroidering, and hand quilting all of her work. Her quilts and bags are astonishing, but when you realize everything is sewn by hand, her work becomes even more mind-blowing.

Dots and Crosses Bag
Dots and Crosses Bag from
Quilts and Projects from My Favorite Fabrics

We had the opportunity to capture video of Ms. Saito stitching, and she showed us how to do a running stitch by hand. We’re excited we get to share her technique with you today—and we’re already betting that your jaw will drop at her speed!


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Yoko Saito gives sewing machines a run for their money, don’t you agree?

We’re proud to be the distributor of books by Yoko Saito, translated into English and published by Stitch Publications. You can see the Yoko Saito books we carry here—you’ll love owning them not only for the quilts and bags you can create, but for the gorgeous photography, the breathtaking projects, and the opportunity to slow down and dream about where your own creativity can take you.

Yoko Saito through the YearsYoko Saito’s work is truly like no other, and that’s one of the many reasons we’re thrilled to be publishing a retrospective of her work in our next coffee-table book, Yoko Saito through the Years, coming September 2018. We cannot wait to show you more from this exquisite volume! But until then, you can get your quilty daydreaming in with Yoko Saito’s other books—here are just a few peeks:

Quilts from Yoko Saito’s Traditional Block Patterns
Quilts from
Yoko Saito’s Traditional Block Patterns

Bags from Yoko Saito’s Japanese Taupe Color Theory
Bags from
Yoko Saito’s Japanese Taupe Color Theory

Basketweave Handbag from Yoko Saito’s Woolwork
Basketweave Handbag from
Yoko Saito’s Woolwork

Turtle Pincushion from Yoko Saito’s Woolwork
Turtle Pincushion from
Yoko Saito’s Woolwork

You can watch more how-to videos starring Yoko Saito here:

So, how often do you sew by hand?

  • Right now it’s just me and my machine.
  • I enjoy both types of sewing!
  • Yoko and I are kindred spirits: I sew everything by hand.

Tell us in the comments!


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