In praise of sashiko needles

Just a brief post today in praise of sashiko needles. I’ve been doing some hand quilting, through a couple of layers of fabric plus batting, and a fairly long sashiko needle is ideal for this. I’ve been using the same needle for this type of work for some time now, and it’s just perfect. Here’s an image of Olympus brand sashiko needles, to show you the kind of thing I mean:

Olympus sashiko needles

This is not quite the same as the brand I bought which has a Japanese label and the word ‘Suncoccoh’ on it. I bought mine from Euro Japan Links Ltd – the pack of six needles for £3.60 sterling or 5 euro. It’s an excellent product, and if you’ve not tried it for this type of work I can thoroughly recommend it. Oh, and I did use the needles for some sashiko work. One of the City & Guilds Diploma course requirements is to study and write about textile work in three different countries. I chose Japan, Afghanistan and Peru – all well worth the effort. A requirement is to work a piece in a typical style of the country, and I worked a couple of sashiko pieces. I loved making the pieces and I really like the plainness of traditional sashiko work. Don’t know when I’d ever find the time to do more, though….