About

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 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.

 

Suppliers

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). 

Sashi.co Japan

Suppliers of hand dyed Sashiko Thread - (Australian Wholesale Distributor for Sashi.co 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

  • 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 [email protected].

 

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.

 

Jude
Brisbane

If you have a passion for Japanese fabric as I do, then you must visit IndigoNiche.  The range of beautiful fabrics - colours,designs and textures is just fabulous and there is always more arriving! Also available are some stunning Aboriginal prints, bag patterns and sashiko threads and fabric and much more. Colleen and Sue provide loads of friendly service and advice.  So if you are interested in things Japanese a visit to IndigoNiche is a must.

Gez
Gold Coast

You both should be very proud of all the hard work you have put into your Business and your Web page is wonderful.  I will make sure that all my friends are advised of this exciting new site and your business.  You both deserve a big thank you from all us ladies who enjoy the fine fabrics which you now have for us.  Looking forward to seeing you in Brisbane.  Many thanks to you both. Lots of love to you both.

Jill
Kyneton VIC

At the recent Melbourne Quilting and Craft Show I purchased a Sashiko table runner kit.  I had never seen them before and this has filled a small 'hole' for me to do  in the evening as I have a kitchen reno on and my quilting projects are packed up to avoid the dust.  I brought the kit to work and the staff were interested in it.  Also there will  be some Japanese students visiting us next week, so we may have something we can talk about with them.  My quilting class also loved the simplistic concepts.  Thanks for your time in showing me your completed projects  in Melbourne.  I love the embroidery.

Lesli - Sylvia Pippen
Indigo Niche Tamborine Mountain Retreat October 2011

I just wanted to thank you for the most amazing couple of days ...... everything was just perfect.......  the view, accommodation, meals and class room.Meeting Sylvia Pippen was a dream come true for me, she is such a caring and giving person.  She has inspired me to do more designing work and I can't wait to get started on a new project.  I'll send a photo of my retreat project when I finish it.  I would highly recommend any future retreats you plan as I am sure they will be just as successful.  I look forward to our trip to Japan next year ... PICK ME, PICK ME.... I can't wait and also going over to Hawaii to meet Kitty Pippen will be just as exciting.  I value your friendship and those of the other girls I met on the retreat..... and look forward to future workshops and retreats with Indigo Niche.  Thank you for a wonderful time.

Cathy - Sylvia Pippen
Indigo Niche Tamborine Mountain Retreat October 2011

You are both heros!!!!  What a brilliant retreat on Mount Tamborine .... Thank you - I thoroughly enjoyed everything.  I didn't want it to finish.  Sylvia was such a interesting tutor and now I have the juices flowing again!!! Hope you have fun in Japan.  Keep in Touch.

Ursula Thomas
North Rockhampton

I started doing a Sashiko Panel two years ago after about a dozen of my friends in my Craft Group decided to put in a bulk order from an advertisement in a magazine.  We enjoyed working together and planning what we would make.I became so keen on Sashiko work that I bought a new sashiko panel that became available at a Craft Show in Brisane.  My daughter decided she would like a Queen Size bedspread using my work.I could not visualise how to best use my work in one quilt.  I started adding fabrics as best I could, but I became increasingly frustrated by my results.  It simply could not be done successfully, or so I thought.   My son-in-law suggested a double sided quilt with one panel on each side - a reversible quilt.  I had doubts.Then I heard of the Sashiko and Fabric Workshops coming to town.  These ladies are marvellous.  The impossible became possible.  They advised me immediately with a "Can Do" attitude. I love the result, and everyone else does too. Best value for money that I have ever had

Lesli M

I've experienced the joy of joining previous retreats organised by the girls at Indigo Niche. Tamborine Mountain 2011 and Hawaii 2013.  Every little details is organised so you can just go and sew 'til your heart's content.  The tutors Margaret Olive (Patchwork Paradise), Cathy Schibrowski (Swandale Quilting), Sue Howie and Colleen Shepherd (Indigo Niche) are excellent teachers who are very passionate about their crafts and this creativity flows onto their students -  you will definately be leaving with some new skills. Tamborine is a beautiful place to stay and the food is glorious... it's very hard to leave... I am sure you will return there again. I look forward to meeting some of the new ladies and catching up with some old friends.. looking forward to the adventure in March 2015

Sue G

I would just like to thank you again for all your help at the Brisbane Quilt and Craft Show.  I appreciate so very much being able to get the Firefly Fabric so I can finish a quilt I am doing for a friend for Christmas!!!!  You were both so friendly and helpful to my sister and I, we live in an area where it is difficult to get supplies without travelling a long way and to get that fabric meant a lot to me........even more so that you cut into a kit!!!!! I hope you didn't regret doing that by the end of the show!!!! You had a fabulous stand at the show and I hope you had a very successful few days ...  we will definately see you again next year and we have your card if we need anything in the mean time.  We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the Brisbane show  -  it was great! Many thanks and best wishes

Julia C.
Trio of Techniques Retreat March 2015

Just want to thank you nice ladies for organising 4 days of such a rewarding workshop  - I felt most inspired when I left and confident to move on with new techniques in my sewing repertoire. Please keep me in the loop for all further workshops, retreats etc.

Robyn

What a lovely two days! Thank you both for your generosity of time, tuition and company, it was greatly appreciated. Will see you at the quilt show – if not before.  Now onto that boro piece for more creative compositions!