As I spend more time on embroidery, I’ve been searching for inspiration—thinking of different ways to stitch and how to use the thread to communicate a feeling or story. I’ve been paying attention to how others stitch too, and I just recently learned about Sashiko and visible mending. Visible mending is a form of darning or repairing worn or torn clothing. Sashiko, which means "little stabs" or "little pierce," comes from Japan and is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching or visible mending. It was traditionally used to repair fabric, but is now often used for purely decorative purposes. I find it’s simple, repetitive patterns, and straight stitches, to be very visibly appealing. Take a look at some of the beautiful examples below.