Sashiko Thread Management November 09 2015

Are you struggling with how to manage your Sashiko thread?  I recently did a demonstration at the QuiltWeek - Chattanooga show on how to manage your thread and thought my readers would also benefit from this easy tutorial.

Step 1: Removing thread from packaging

Cut the thread package open being careful not to cut any thread accidentally. Gently slide the paper wrapper off your bundle of thread. (Tip: Authentic Sashiko thread will have Kanji characters on the paper wrapper.)

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Step 2: Locate center of thread loop

Feel around until you find the place where the thread doubles up on itself to form the larger loop.  It will have a small string wrapped around the strands of thread.  Hold your thread at that center point.

Sashiko Thread Management: Step 2

Step 3: Shake

Once you have found the center, hold from that center point and shake your thread out carefully so that you don’t disturb the loops of thread (if needle, you can detangle gently as if running fingers through your hair).  You are now holding the larger continuous loop of threads.

Sashiko Thread Management: Step 3

Step 4: Cut the loop of threads

Cut the loop at the end opposite where the thread is tied around your bundle.  It may be easier to lay your loop down to do this.  You will now have a group of threads approximately 36 inches long.

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Step 5: Tie strands

Cut two pieces of thread, approximately 5 inches each.  Tie one 5 inch piece of thread at the top of the loop where the the thread doubles up on itself.  Set the other 5 inch piece to the side.

Be sure to tie tight enough to keep the threads together nicely but not so tight that one thread cannot be removed when needed.

 Sashiko Thread Management: Step 5

Step 6: Braid your thread

Find a volunteer to hold the top of the skien where just tied.  If you do not have a volunteer available, use the presser foot on a sewing machine to hold the thread tightly.  Take the thread and divide into three equal parts.  Braid or plait the thread and use the last small piece of thread to tie the end of the braid to keep it from unraveling.

 Sashiko Thread Management: Step 6

Using this method of cutting your Sashiko thread will make your thread much easier to manage and to take with you on the go.  I would love to hear from you … do you have a favorite way to manage your Sashiko thread?