I ran across these images this morning from the Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts and love the patterns of stitches. These are made using Japanese Sashiko embroidery:
"In the Japanese embroidery tradition known as sashiko, fine, evenly spaced running stitches are sewn into repeating geometric shapes to create intricate patterns. Hundreds of years ago, fishermen's wives used this technique to add strength and beauty to their cotton garments; the motifs were imbued with symbolic meaning- patterns to encourage strength or long life, for example." (via)
I'm working on a new project and these stitches are a small part of the inspiration behind it. Now I'm headed out for the day to go on a field trip with my daughter's class at school. Have a lovely day!