Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Fine sashiko threads in the online shop - at last!

Now I have fine sashiko thread for sale in my online shop! It took a bit of work to get all the threads photographed and listed, but now it is done (apart from about 3 colours not in stock at the moment, which I hope to get in a few weeks).  These are the mega skeins of 370 metres, as used by Yuza Sashiko Guild.  It is also the same thread I use for my indigo dyed unique skeins, dyeing over the bleached white and natural cream.

The colours offer a different range from the Olympus thread and, because they are finer, can be used with a wider range of fabrics and any sashiko needles.  I love them for big stitch quilting too, and boro. There are three different reds - from the left, a primary red, vermilion, and a soft,faded red - although in the photo they look quite similar, in real life the difference is more obvious.

There are six fabulous shaded threads - two blues, and one red, green, black/beige/mustard and red/gold/green - with long shading pitch, so the threads change colour over more than 15cm (6in).

The greens are a bit different too, with a vivid bright light and medium green, a proper forest green and a beautiful jade green.

Some of the colours look quite wild on the skein, like the bubblegum pink and orange yellow shades, but once they are stitched, they look much less strident. The aubergine purple is one of my favourites and I plan to use it for a silk boro sometime, inspired by one of Emperor Shoumu's silk rag kesa robes from the Shouso-in Imperial Repository, which was stitched in a similar shade.

Plain colours are just £8 for solid colours and £10 for the shaded threads - here.

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