Sashiko: Beyond Blue+White

Get Creative with COLORED THREADS!   Traditional Japanese designs are stitched in white thread on an indigo blue background. An alternative to classic Blue+White is stitching with colored threads: DMC #5 Perle Cotton has a distinctive twist and a gloss finish.  Olympus Sashiko thread is available in many colors.  Both companies offer variegate colors. Sashiko thread should be used directly from the skein. Both Olympus and DMC Perle Cotton should be used as a single-strand, […]

Nancy Eha

Workshop w/NANCY EHA: The Bead Queen

Workshop w/NANCY EHA: The Bead Queen           Sashiko with Bugle Beads! Workshop w/Nancy Eha. She came all the way from Stillwater, Minnesota to share her beading techniques and expertise with New Mexico quilters and beaders. One of her techniques is stitching sashiko designs with bugle beads.  Imagine sewing a running stitch, attaching a bugle bead the size of your stitch and you’ve got the idea. The Bead Society of New Mexico sponsored a […]

Happy New Year

Sashiko Southwest is a year old! 2015 was a wonderful year, filled with product development, meeting new customers and attending three major quilt shows. In January 2015, the American Quilter’s Society held QuiltWeek in Albuquerque, NM for the first time.  The Shades of the Southwest Exhibit  was curated by local artists, Gail Garber and Donna Barnitz. One of the winning quilts was Raven Sunset by Judith Roderick.  We hope AQS will return to Albuquerque in 2017. […]

Infinity Scarf Kit w/2 sashiko blocks

New KIT: Infinity Scarf

I’m excited to offer a Fashion Statement Kit! So many people have asked me how they can include sashiko stitched blocks to fashions,  home decor and accessories. Here’s a KIT with everything you’ll need to create a unique infinity scarf. This kit has it all:  Two Sashiko Southwest blocks (Climb the Mountain / Lightning Strikes Like Arrows)  / Needles / Olympus thread – 40m off-white & 10m orange / INSTRUCTIONS for sashiko stitching and sewing the Infinity […]