I'm planning a big sashiko project later in the year, so I figured I'd do some practice on a belated holiday card for my friend.
Since this was my first try, I just used some embroidery thread I had hanging around (rather than true sashiko cotton), so there are a few bits that are twisted more than I'd like. I also made the idiot move of working right to the edges and not leaving any seam allowance, so it was a little tricky getting it into the "frame" of the card.
The fabric is just plain cotton leftover from another project, and I used a chalk pencil to sketch out the design. I pressed the fabric after washing out the pencil, and it flattened the stitches out a little bit, which I'm not too happy about
For the full size project, it won't really matter as much but for this card it's a little on the annoying side. Start to finish (design, marking, stitching, framing) took about 2 hours.
Next step? Queen sized sashiko embellished quilt . . .