The inspiration for Sashiko designs usually come from nature. You can recognize rippling water, clouds, and flowers. You can also find stunning geometric designs with interlocking lines, circles, stars, squares, and triangles. You often see repeating designs in a project.
Traditionally most patterns have a meaning or common use. For example, the diamond shape (Hishi) is often seen in Japanese home decor. The beehive (Kikko) design is considered a symbol of good fortune.