The ideal fabric for sashiko embroidery is one that is not too tightly woven, such as Robert Kaufman’s Essex fabric, which is a linen/cotton blend. Because sashiko thread is so thick, a fabric that is too tightly woven will show puckering or the holes quite easily.
What thread is best for sashiko?
Sashiko thread, a tightly twisted heavy-weight cotton thread is used in traditional Japanese sashiko, but several suitable embroidery thread substitutions are available if this thread is not available in your area. The most common is stranded cotton embroidery floss, size 8 or 12 pearl cotton, or fine crochet cotton.
Are there different thicknesses of sashiko thread?
Daruma sashiko threads come in three sizes – thin (40m), medium/regular (30m) and thick/ kogin (20m), wound on hand carry cards. 100% cotton. Made in Japan. This card has 20m thicker weight sashiko/ kogin thread.
Can I use regular thread for sashiko?
Traditionally sashiko is done with white cotton thread on indigo dyed fabric, however you can choose any colour of thread and fabric you want. With a sashiko machine, you can even do more than just decorative stitching! You’ll want to choose a medium weight thread as the sashiko machine will double up the stitches.
Can you do sashiko with embroidery thread?
Sashiko thread is more twisted than embroidery floss and not made to be separated into strands. Sashiko thread doesn’t have a sheen as embroidery floss or the Valdani embroidery thread have. Either thread could be used a substitute for sashiko thread but the look will be slightly different.