In order to cook a tasty meal, you would need fresh & quality ingredients. Similarly, in order to complete a beautiful Sashiko project, the quality Sashiko thread is the key to succeeding. Not only the good Sashiko thread provide the better stitching result, but it reduces your stress while stitching. Sashiko requires a lot of time to invest. Less stress while stitching hugely contribute to the better result.
What kind of Sashiko thread should we choose?
The thread should be strong enough to strengthen the fabric. It should be thick enough to create beautiful stitches. It should be smooth so the thread wouldn’t damage the fabric. The tight twisting thread will reduce the richness of stitching. The loose twisting thread will tear apart while stitching and it will cause stress. Finding the balanced twist is one of the most important factors in finding the best thread. When you get cheap and poor quality Sashiko thread, the thread will fray easily and will be cut in actual stitching process.
Choosing the appropriate thread is one good journey many Sashiko artists encounter. We, as Sashiko artists, came to the conclusion to what is the best Sashiko Thread.
Sashiko Thread with our choice.
Japanese thread manufacture, Coron Seishi, makes one of the best Sashiko threads in the market. The thread satisfies most of the requirements Sashiko artist thinks, and the result is very rewarding. Almost 100% of Sashiko products from Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya and Upcycle Stitches LLC use these Sashiko threads from Coron.
The thread consists 6 thin embroidery flosses, twisted in a unique way to keep the thickness for beautiful stitches, yet tightness to avoid separating the thread while stitching. This is the balance I mentioned above. Coron also put the thread in a series of special processes so thread becomes smooth and soft.
In our online store, we have 4 kinds of Sashiko thread available for sale. Two of them are from Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya (Colored and directed by Keiko / the thread is manufactured by Coron.) Two of them are from Coron manufactory (Colored synthetically and manufactured by Coron).
- Natural Dye (Botanical Dye) thread (Learn More about Natural Dye)
- Original Color thread (Learn more)
- Mono Color thread
- About Color Difference (Learn about Original White and Bright White)
- Variegated Color thread
Natural Dye Sashiko Thread
When Keiko Futatsuya started working on her own Sashiko projects, which were mainly “one-of-a-kind” Sashiko Jackets and bags, she faced to the big challenge of finding the exact color she wanted to use. She wanted to adjust the color to the fabric, especially those from the past, the Japanese vintage (antique) fabric. We had a good variety of colored Sashiko thread. However, she couldn’t compromise for what she wanted.
This is her journey of natural dye thread started.
Now, we have about 30 kinds of colors. Some were sold-out and will not be back in stock since the color was so unique (made by random conditions she can not recreate). She is getting better and better at creating Natural Dye Sashiko thread.
The process of dyeing the thread with Natural dye has a lot of stories. It is my hope to keep introducing her journey in this website.
Articles about Natural Dye Sashiko Thread
- The beauty of Nature | Botanical Dye Thread
- Indigo Dye Sashiko Thread
- Kakishibu (Persimmon tannin) Dye Sashiko Thread
Beautiful Indigo Blue and Kakishibu Gold are available in Sashiko Thread Collection, finally.
I hope you would have a chance to enjoy the beautiful color of Natural, hand-dye Sashiko thread.
Original Color (Exclusive) Sashiko Thread
In the process of Natural Dye and Hand Dye, Keiko only can create about 15 skeins. The production result is between 10 skeins to 20 skeins because of the skeins do not meet her standard. She realized it takes too long to dye the thread when she works on the big Sashiko project.
After talking to a color specialist and Coron, she succeeded to create these 2 colors thread. They are dyed by synthetic dyes like the other solid color thread. However, they have a warm/natural like color similar to our natural dye thread.
They are exclusive colors Keiko ordered. It is Sashi.Co original Sashiko thread.
Mono Color / Solid Color Sashiko Thread
Coron Seishi manufacture these beautiful Sashiko threads. “#10 – Original (unbleached) White” and “#12 – Bright (bleached) white” is the all-time popular item. We use A LOT of these threads in our Sashiko project. The smoothness, the thickness, and the strength of threads improve the stitching experience and color and cotton quality will result in great stitches.
There are 15 colors for solid mono color thread. Every color is available in our online store, etsy, and even on Amazon.
Variegated Color Sashiko Thread
Variegated Color threads are also very popular for those who enjoys the gradation of colors in their Sashiko projects. We have 5 color variations.
- #201 – Prime color variation
- #202 – Pastel color variation
- #203 – Read to White gradation
- #204 – Green to White gradation
- #205 – Blue to White gradation
As a summary for your Sashiko experience
It is very critical to choose the appropriate Sashiko thread to your Sashiko project. As I mention repeatedly, Sashiko requires you to invest a lot of your time. I really want you to get rewarded by having the great Sashiko stitches and finished products. I believe sharing the beauty of Sashiko stitching and its fun process is the best way to introduce Sashiko to the world.