Sashiko Thread Collection, Autumn Meadow


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This collection of 5 skeins of Olympus Sashiko Thread in 20 meter skeins makes me think of the changing colours of nature in the last quiet days of autumn.

These 20 meter sashiko thread skeins are imported from Japan and are made by the Olympus company that has been manufacturing quality sashiko products  in Japan for decades. The thread has a soft matt finish and is about the weight of #5 Perle cotton. 

Sashiko thread is not stranded like embroidery thread, you use the whole thread for your stitching.  Just cut it into a comfortable length, thread your needle, and stitch. See how to keep your thread from becoming a tangled mess.

This sashiko thread is machine washable and colourfast. In fact it gets prettier with washing as it plumps up like little grains of rice. 

And a final note for new stitchers:  Sashiko thread is fat so as you stitch you are adding a lot of extra between the threads of your fabric. This is going to cause the fabric to tighten up and be unable to lay flat unless you leave some slack in the sashiko thread as you stitch. I do this by leaving about a quarter inch of slack in my thread on the back of the fabric every 4 inches if stitching straight long lines, or whenever I turn a corner on designs with shorter lines.  If you are unsure about how to do this, there is more about it in my blog.

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