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This sashiko thread is imported from Japan and is made by the Olympus company that has been manufacturing quality sashiko products for decades. This thread is available only in 22 meter skeins now, but I have a few of the 40 meter skeins left and available here till they are sold out.
Sashiko thread is not stranded like embroidery thread. To use it (and not end in a tangle click here) cut it in a comfortable length, thread your needle, and stitch. This thread has a soft matt finish and is about the weight of #5 perle cotton. Please note that we have several sashiko threads, all good quality, but they vary slightly in weight and the whites and off whites are not the same, so it is best to stick the same type in a project.
All sashiko thread is machine washable. In fact it will get prettier with washing as it plumps up like little grains of rice, however, it will shrink some so be sure to leave some slack in your stitches on the back of your projects to allow for this. If you are unsure about how to do this read more here