the wonderful japanese craft book combines traditional sashiko patterns with many useful and cute sewing projects. it shows basic sashiko stitches, on simple towels, placemats, table runners and coasters. there are original tea cozies, pot holders, pin cushions, book covers, bags, drawstring purse, coin purses, pillows, and an apron.
full flickr set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/feltcafe/sets/72157622519909244/
it shows how to draw and transfer your own pattern, and includes a selection of traditional sashiko patterns for you to copy.