Indigo Niche was formed in 2009 by sisters Colleen Shepherd and Sue Howie out of their passion for Japanese textiles and sashiko stitching.

For the last five years our Indigo Niche workshop—located at Shop 6/451 Fairfield Rd, in Yeronga QLD—has been the central hub of our creative design, teaching and sales.

What drives the Indigo Niche brand is a passion for Japanese textiles and the gentle art of Sashiko, as well as teaching and promoting our love of Sashiko to all who visit our workshop. We are proud to design many of the Sashiko Products on offer at the workshop.

We feature regularly at annual Craft Shows in all capital cities; our appearances at these craft shows have been paramount to the success the business has achieved over the last seven years.

We visit Japan on a regular basis each year to source new products, supplies and ideas to keep a fresh approach for customers. 


Indigo Niche is committed to providing exceptional service and product to every customer.

Our goal is to serve others as we would wish to be served ourselves.


Indigo Niche are proud distributors of the following stitching and quilting suppliers:

Haori Taiwan

Designers, Manufacturers and distributors of exquisite yarn dyed fabrics, kits and giftware for the quilting and patchwork community. (AustralianWholesale Distributor for Haori Taiwan). Japan

Suppliers of hand dyed Sashiko Thread - (Australian Wholesale Distributor for Japan).

Tulip Needles

From Hiroshima (Japan) - Needles renowned for their superb quality and range.

Naito-Shoji-Co Ltd Japan

Suppliers of premium sashiko threads(Australian Wholesaler for Naito-Shoji-Co Ltd Japan).

Alderspring Designs

An extensive range of sashiko patterns by Susan Fletcher(Australian Wholesaler for Aldespring Designs).

Designed by Australian Artists

Printed locally by a Brisbane based company onto top-of-the-range cotton fabrics. It's a venture we're very proud to continue into the future.


Services on offer to our customers

  • Our Brisbane-based workshop is a superb showcase of quilting and patchwork-related products.
  • We enjoy sharing our knowledge and expertise of Sashiko at classes conducted at the workshop, on the2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. See our calendar for details.
  • Yearly we teach The Art of Sashiko at high schools to Textiles Students for their Asian Studies.
  • Teaching at the Craft Shows both big and small throughout Australia is a pleasure we still thoroughly enjoy.
  • Retreats and workshops are always popular, with students revisiting again and again, with a great appreciation for the experience we offer.

We are always available for a chat about any workshop you or your group might like us to conduct. For details just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Our Angels

A qualified florist by trade, Stephanie is a true treasure and will happily give you valued help and advice at the Craft Shows on anything Sashiko related. She has a real eye for colour.

Cathy from Swandale Quilting is a long arm quilterextraordinaire, and an amazing designer and valued member of our team. She enjoys coming to help at the shows and is a real inspiration to all who meet her.

Rose is a breath of fresh air when she can help at the shows.

Shirley is our sewing angel - what a treasure! Nothing is too much trouble for Shirley to create. Lots of our samples are sewn by Shirley.

Kerry is an artist whose vision is responsible for a good portion of our latest home grown designs.

We hope to be of service to you in the near future.


Hours of business

Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

Please phone for an appointment.

For teaching and craft show dates, click here for calendar details.

Phone Colleen on 0413 808819 or Sue on 0418 157817