Whether a student of historical Japanese Sashiko or a Modern Creative just looking for an easy, enjoyable slow stitching project, Sashiko might be “it”. All you need are simple sashiko supplies and your own two hands. Projects can be small or large – from bookmarks to blankets – and the color choices range from traditional white-on-indigo to any rainbow you can conjure.
If you are new to Sashiko, or just curious about it, start with our Step-by-Step Guide to Sashiko Stitching. With these instructions and the supplies you may have on hand, you might be all set to become a Sashiko artist. But if you’re not sure, or need recommendations, some of the following books, kits, tools and more might be just the inspiration you need!
What do you need for Sashiko?
Really, all you need is fabric, needle and thread, and it is a good idea to have a thimble. You don’t need an embroidery hoop to do Sashiko stitching, so it is a great project to take with you on the go. Traditional Sashiko uses special thread, and the Sashiko needles make it easier to do the stitching. Here are some of our favorite products to get started with Sashiko.
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Is Sashiko thread like embroidery thread?
No. Embroidery thread comes in six-strand floss or perle cotton. Sashiko thread is more similar to perle cotton in that it is a single twisted thread. You can use perle cotton for your Sashiko stitching, if you can’t find (or have) Sashiko thread available.
Do you use a hoop for Sashiko stitching?
No hoop necessary. But, since you aren’t using a hoop, it makes it much easier to use Sashiko needles which are much longer than embroidery needles, which works well to pick up multiple stitches at once. You can use an embroidery needle, special needles just make it easier.
Browse through all of our sashiko projects and inspirations on Create Whimsy.