Download the fireworks embroidery design. Copy and print the template to a size that will work on your garment.
Trace the design onto the garment with the water-soluble pen and then embroider.
The sashiko technique bunches the fabric on the needle (see A) causing lots of wrinkles, so iron or steam the completed embroidery.
Traditional sashiko uses a dense cotton thread, but I wanted some sparkle, so I used metallic embroidery floss. The skirt I used had distinct panels and pleats, so I decided a center placement would work best. I could also envision this design repeated several times or placed off to one side. If a skirt isn’t an option, consider embroidering your fireworks onto a shirt, pillow, or anything else that needs some sparkle. Tip: Metallic floss is quite slippery. It can be challenging to knot, plus it gets caught on itself and frays easily. I used a long single strand doubled over to avoid fraying and a quilter’s knot at the beginning.
This free hand embroidery design is reprinted with permission from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1592537723/creativepubco-20">"Knot Thread Stitch: Exploring Creativity through Embroidery and Mixed Media"</a> by Lisa Solomon (Quarry Books).