Indigo Blog

Quilt and Sashiko Retreats at Tamborine Mountain in 2022

Indigo Niche will be holding a series of four-day quilting and sashiko retreats at Tamborine Mountain in 2022. The retreats will cover a range of techniques to […]

‘Floral Traditions’ BOM Sashiko Quilt Starts September

Register your interest for September’s Indigo Niche Block of the Month (BOM) quilt: the ‘Floral Traditions’ sashiko quilt. All sashiko blocks are pre-printed for ease of […]

Using Niche Rulers For Sashiko & Quilt Blocks

I demonstrate how to use acrylic Niche Rulers to cut perfect blocks in multiple sizes for patchwork and sashiko, and how to use them in conjunction with sashiko […]

Introducing Sashiko Templates

A demonstration of acrylic sashiko templates: how to create beautiful traditional Japanese patterns, get the perfect stitch length, and make ideal sashiko projects. I love to […]

When to use Eleganza Perle Cottons for Sashiko Stitching

Standard sashiko thread has always been my go-to for sashiko and boro projects, but recently I thought I’d see how Eleganza perle cotton threads would work […]

Stitching a Dragonfly Sashiko Panel

With so many gorgeous colours of sashiko thread to choose from, you can really let your creativity shine through any sashiko project. Today we’re looking at […]

How to transfer sashiko patterns onto fabric

  Here is a simple method for transferring a sashiko pattern onto a piece of fabric for easy stitching. Anywhere you can get a lovely line […]

How To Handle Sashiko Thread

Here are some tips on how to open and manage a new skein of sashiko thread. Keep your sashiko thread free of tangles and easy to […]

Some Ideas For Sashiko Projects

   

Brisbane Sashiko & Boro Workshop Announced

Join Sue Howie in Brisbane this May for a day of sashiko and boro. In this full day event you’ll learn the basics of sashiko stitching […]

What Are Sashiko Needles?

One of the most important components of sashiko stitching is the needle, and it should come as no surprise that there are needles manufactured specifically for […]

Boro Wovens Now In Store

As detailed in an earlier blog post, Boro Stitching is the Japanese folk-art of reinforcing items of clothing or bedding with spare or would-be-discarded scraps of […]

Japan Group Textile Tour Announcement

TOUR NOW FULLY BOOKED Travel Counsellors, in conjunction with Inside Japan Tours, are very pleased to be organising a wonderful 16-day Textile Tour of Japan, departing […]

Block of the Month Sashiko Quilt: ‘Traditions’.

Sign up to participate in the Indigo Niche Block of the Month quilt: the Traditions sashiko boro quilt. Traditions is a fabulous quilt by Sue Howie that […]

Making A Lovely Sashiko Table Cloth

I have just completed a sashiko table cloth for my balcony table… and I absolutely love the result. One of my favourite sashiko motifs is Shippo-tsunagi, […]

Boro Textiles – An Introduction

What is Boro Stitching? The raw simplicity and functional beauty of the boro artform is something that I’ve adored for some time. I get a lot […]

Natural-dyed Sashiko Threads from Keiko Futatsuya

For a number of years, I have been a great admirer—and proud stockist—of Keiko Futatsuya’s sashiko threads, which she produces in limited batches of colour using […]

New Sashiko Designs In Store

I’ve been quite busy experimenting with a variety of sashiko and boro design concepts for table runners, some traditional and some modern, two of which are […]

Sashiko — Origins and Designs

Sashiko — An Appreciation I have been fascinated by the beautiful art-form of Sashiko for more than two decades, conducting workshops and featuring its embroidery patterns […]

Needle Works Cruise 2018 Highlights

I had an absolutely amazing time tutoring on the 2018 Needle Works cruise. The whole experience perfectly combined holiday relaxation and creative abundance. It was wonderful […]

New Japanese Fabrics In Store

Just arrived in store! A gorgeous selection of Japanese cotton fabrics. All these fabrics have an indigo border at both selvedges of approximately 13cm, and are […]

New In Store — Japanese Tote Bags

Recently arrived in store—a superb range of Indigo Tote Bags and Purses. These are beautifully made from indigo fabrics. Choose your favourites before they’re all gone, […]

Yarn-dyed Spring Clean Sale

Exclusively for the month of September, we’ll be having a ‘Spring clean’ sale on a selection of our yarn-dyed stock. If there was ever a time […]

Getting Creative With The Lola Girl Sashiko Panel

The Lola Girl sashiko panel is one of my favourite designs. With its interesting take on the traditional Seven Treasures motif, it got me thinking about […]

New Sashiko Panel Series Announced

The Four Seasons is a new sashiko panel series from Indigo Niche. It will feature four individual designs—Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Visitors to the Melbourne […]

Sit & Stitch Classes 2017 Yeronga

Sit and Stitch at our Workshop –  2017 –  – Bring your Sashiko Stitching for some tips on the day and a very relaxing morning of […]

Needlework Tour: Sydney to Seattle — April 22 – May 14 2018

New Cruise just been announced.  Sue is delighted to be a tutor on the Needlework Tour from Sydney to Seattle from April 22nd – May 14th […]

Keiko Futatsuya Exhibition

We’re so very proud to be hosting an exhibition of Sashiko and Boro work by Keiko Futatsuya. It will be happening at the Indigo Niche stand […]

Shibori – A Local Interpretation.

We recently got in touch with our friend Jane Postle to check out some of her locally-made Shibori. (Updated 09/06/2021) Shibori has never been too far […]

Trio of Techniques – A Lovely Mt Tamborine Retreat

After the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair wrapped up, I jotted down some highlights from a wonderful hand-sewing retreat that we hosted in March. We only […]

Textile Journeys – from Kyoto to the Tokyo Quilt Festival

In late January we embarked on one of our semi-regular visits to Japan. We like to be exposed to the true cultural roots of our chosen craft […]

Boro Jacket – A Real Find

While travelling through Yokohama on a recent trip I stumbled across something truly amazing. I’m not normally swayed to purchase something so readily when I’m out […]