Sunday, November 11, 2012

Handling sashiko thread

If you like using Perle cotton for making biggish hand-quilting stitches, then maybe sashiko is also something you'd like to try.  Sashiko thread is homespun, matte, rustic, and provides wonderfully graphic contrast. 

Look for labels like this when buying sashiko thread: 

 Remove the paper:
 Gently pull apart the skein:

 You will have one continuous loop of thread:

Tie the bundle together:

 Opposite where you tied the bundle, cut through all the threads.  Just do it!  You will then end up with lengths of thread that are an ideal length.

 Borrow a bit from each side, to create a third rope:

Braid loosely:

Now... you can easily pull a single strand from the top of the braid:

Thread your needle, and you are good to go:

Sashiko needles are straight and very strong, with no "give" whatsoever.

Sashiko thread is best used with a looser weave of fabric.  Homespun works well.  Liberty fabrics are too fine.  Experiment and see what works for you!