Then recently Fiona at www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk shared a link www.purlbee.com/2008/01/19/sashiko and as I scrolled through I saw preprinted panels !!! Wow I never knew you could get pre printed panels how FAB !
I looked on google for a UK supplier straight away, and found www.eurojapanlinks.com/sashiko :-)
The very next day they arrived !
It's in Japanese but the pictures are really helpful
This is the pre printed panel so it has each stitch marked out for you, to help you get even stitches.
You don't need a hoop just a long embroidery needle, and it's just a simple running stitch as shown below. Then you just even out the tension with your fingers.
In no time at all I'd finished and I'm a slow slow hand sewer !
The printed panel comes with fabric for backing so you could make into a cushion, tote bag, or like me a pot holder/table runner. I'm going to make 3 all different patterns and put them together on my table as hot food mats !