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.

What drives the Indigo Niche brand is a passion for Japanese textiles and the gentle art of Sashiko, as well as teaching and promoting Sashiko designs.

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


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.


  • I am a Brisbane-based Japanese textile retailer and designer with a superb showcase of quilting and patchwork-related products.
  • I enjoy sharing my knowledge and expertise of the Sashiko and boro technique at my classes, which I conduct on a regular basis – See my calendar for details.
  • I conduct yearly Sashiko workshops with secondary school students as an adjunct to their Asian Studies.
  • Retreats and workshops are always popular, with students revisiting again and again.

I am always available for a chat about any workshop you or your group might like me to conduct. Please direct all enquiries to

Our Angels

Maddison Hurley–  is our newest member of the team.  Coming from a pastry cook background and former owner of her own cookie business.    Maddison brings to the business,  creativity, warmth, superb attention to detail, and an artistic flare. Her youth brings a fresh approach which I’m sure will be a huge asset to our business.   Maddison’s dedication to the business since coming on board has been outstanding.  She is the first point of call at Indigo Niche – Sashiko Designs and is available to ensure your experience with our company is a pleasurable one.

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

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


  • 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

    Lesli M


  • Cathy - Sylvia Pippen


    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.

    Cathy – Sylvia Pippen

    Indigo Niche Tamborine Mountain Retreat October 2011

  • Lesli - Sylvia Pippen


    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.

    Lesli – Sylvia Pippen

    Indigo Niche Tamborine Mountain Retreat October 2011

  • Gez


    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.


    Gold Coast

  • Jude


    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.



  • Jill Olie


    Thank you very much for the wonderful day of sashiko and boro on Saturday. It was great to learn some skills in these beautiful crafts and I hope I finish my project soon. I really enjoyed the day and appreciated your patience and the opportunity to see some of your work.

    Jill Olie

    Sashiko Workshop Participant

  • Judy Parker


    My sashiko kit arrived this afternoon and l am extra pleased with it. I  know l will enjoy stitching it and making it up into a cushion. Many thanks for your service.

    Judy Parker

    Hastings, New Zealand

  • Val Friederich


    I have thoroughly enjoyed doing my Traditions quilt .. it was challenging and I double checked everything twice!  I have done several of your sashiko pieces and this is my first time doing boro ..just loved all of it. (My daughter-in-law has wonderful boro patches on several pairs of her “favourite” worn out jeans and she just loves them.) Thank you for all your hard work .. it is keeping me busy during isolation!

    Val Friederich

    Port Macquarie, NSW

  • Jodie Irvine


    Hi Indigo Niche! I received an order from you a couple of weeks ago and I would just like to say a huge Thank You! I love my order, your fabric is amazing! Thank You very much for a great product and great service, it is appreciated!

    Jodie Irvine


  • Jill


    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 gap for me in the evening while my quilting projects are packed up. I brought the kit to work and my quilting class loved the simplistic concepts. Thanks for your time in showing me your completed projects  in Melbourne. I love the embroidery.


    Kyneton VIC

  • Ursula Thomas


    I started doing a sashiko panel after some friends in my Craft Group put in a bulk order. We enjoyed working together and planning what we would make. I became so keen on Sashiko work that I bought a new sashiko panel at the Brisbane craft show.  My daughter decided she would like a Queen Size bedspread using my sashiko work, but I couldn’t visualise how to best use my work in one quilt. I started adding fabrics as best I could, but I became frustrated by my results. Then I heard of the Sashiko and Fabric Workshop coming to town. Indigo Niche are marvellous, the impossible became possible. They advised me immediately with a “Can Do” attitude. I love the result, and everyone else does too.

    Ursula Thomas

    North Rockhampton

  • 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 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 because you made it into a kit for me! You had a fabulous stand at the show and we will definitely see you again next year. We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the Brisbane show—it was great! Many thanks and best wishes

    Sue G


  • Julia C.


    Just want to thank you for organising 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.

    Julia C.


  • Robyn


    Thank you for your generosity of time, tuition and company, it was greatly appreciated. Will see you at the quilt show – if not before. Now on to that boro piece for more creative compositions!