Breadfruit Sashiko Panel from Tropical Foliage Series Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ Reprinted on New background Fabric “New Hue” Hunter by Kanvas Studio
Save the transfer step—just stitch over the dashed lines
Includes sashiko instructions
Thread and needles sold separately Sample panel is stitched in light green #6 Olympus Sashiko thread
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The Tropical Foliage Series was inspired by my time working as a gardener in the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai Hawaii. The bold shapes of the native and exotic species captivated my imagination and I designed a series of easy sashiko blocks that can be incorporated into pillows, clothing, wall hangings or quilts. The design is screened onto the background; all you need to do is follow the dashed lines. I used light green Olympus sashiko thread to give the quilt a more realistic and softer contrast against a dark green mottled back ground.
Bamboo is the easiest block for beginners.
Breadfruit (Ulu) is the staple food of the South Pacific and an elegant stately tree The Ulu tree is Polynesian introduced. The ancient Polynesians used the tree stem for making surfboards, small canoes, drums, and spears. The sap of the tree was used for healing infected sores and stopping infection usually around the mouth.
Laua'e Fern, Phymatosorus scolopendriaLaua'e is indigenous to Hawai‘i. The Hawaiians adopted it for scenting their kapa cloth. Laua'e is sometimes broken into sections and twined with pieces of the Hala (Pandanus) tree for lei makings. You can find this fern in most resorts and gardens where it grows abundantly.
Kukui Kukui was brought here by the Polynesians to Hawaii. It is the state tree of Hawai‘i. In the days of old Hawai‘i the oil was used for candles and this tree made many colors for dye. The colors varied from copper, to red, to black for laying onto kapa. Folk medicines were made from the raw nut and sap. This tree was the most important for the Hawaiians.Every part of the plant was used for different purposes.
Koa trees are native and also endemic to Hawai‘i. Hawaiians used it for making their paddles and the famous koa canoe. The wood is used for making household objects like chairs, tables, and ukuleles
Monsterais a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas. Also called the "Swiss Cheese Plant" , it is used for a bold statement in floral arrangements and gardens.
TiThis plant is Polynesian introduced, which means that it was brought to Hawai‘i by Polynesian settlers. There were many medicinal uses. It was used to wrap other herbs needed to be baked or broiled. Kï was known as a resemblance of the god Lono. Hawaiians would lay the leaves of the tree on top of the structures in his heiau to show their respect to him.
Taro (Kalo) In order for wet taro to grow it needs a marshy environment. For dry taro, it needs moist uplands. Kalo was the main staple for Hawaiian people. It was Polynesian introduced. The Hawaiians used kalo for healing herbs, and food. Hawaiians would pound the taro to make poi as one of their meals for the day.
Tree Fern the häpu‘u fern is endemic meaning that it came here on it's own and is found nowhere else in the world. The tree heart of this fern was used as a starch for food. There are 50-70 pounds of starch in the trunk.