Kimono Revisited: List of Supplies Needed and Selecting Your Threads

This is the list of supplies you will need for the class. For information about the threads you will need, please read the Selecting Your Threads for Kimono Revisited section below or on the class page.

Either #18 mono canvas or congress cloth in a color of your choice. The canvas needs to be 20” wide X 24” tall, with the selvage being the 24” side for the #18 mono canvas, or 15” X 18” for the congress cloth.

Needles #22 and #24. We will need several of the #22’s to help with counting.


Frame weight

Laying tool

Pencil with an eraser

Three (3) different color hi-lighters

Two (2) zip lock bags, large enough that all of your threads will fit into one (1) of the bags

A pack of post-it notes, not the really small ones, 2-3 inches square is good.

An old pillowcase to keep your canvas and stitching safe. Only the canvas should be in the pillowcase.

Magnification and additional light as needed.

Selecting your Threads for Kimono Revisited

Now let’s talk about threads. The following is a general suggestion and you may edit and adjust up or down as you choose. My only request is that you choose mostly if not exclusively flosses. The following is not what the book suggests. The suggestions will give more opportunities to learn.

I first chose my canvas color as there are less color options for canvas. Your shop might not have all of the possible canvas color choices but they should have samples of the colors available and might even be willing to order your choice if you give them ample time. Then I chose three (3) overdyed threads (or more) that had some noticeable color variety and work agreeably with each other and the canvas. These threads are the base for the personal color development of your kimono. You will want to lay the thread choices on your canvas to see how the thread choices work together on the canvas and with the canvas. Threads that look good together can look very different with the canvas. Auditioning the choices on the canvas and with each other is a very good thing! This process is like getting dresses. Would you wear these threads together like pieces of clothing?

Now we need to choose solid colors from each of the overdyed threads that we will use to make additional solid color thread choices. You can choose one (1) or more colors from each overdyed thread. When the solid color or colors are chosen from the overdyed thread, you need to make three (3) color choices in the same color family. The choices are light medium, and dark. These are relative and you just need to work to decide what looks best with the inspiration overdyed thread, the canvas and the other overdyed threads. There needs to be a noticeable difference in these solid color differences. Colors have less difference after stitching. This all takes time and patience. It all does not have to be done at one time.

If you choose you may also choose metallic treads. At the simplest level you will need #12 and #16 braid for the #18 canvas and #12 and #8 braid for the congress cloth. I suggest a set of metallics that works with each overdyed set. Past this is up to you totally.

Finally, we need to choose a thread we will use for stitching the outline for the areas to be stitched. All of this stitching is done in tent stitch and specifically the Continental Stitch. Think about this a little as this will be the frame around all of your stitched areas. Also, there will be a lot of stitching with this thread. This is the only thread you will need prior to the first class.

If all of this is just a little overwhelming all you really need in threads prior to the first class is the outline thread and the other supplies. I really want this to be as much as possible your choices even if you have decided to use one of my color sets.

We will be communicating in EGA’s Online Studio. Remember that my intention is to have a good time as we all learn basic skills of needlepoint. As Ms. Alderson has said so perfectly, “If it isn’t fun, it isn’t needlepoint!”.

• Choose a minimum of three overdyed threads. Make sure they all work together. Do not choose threads that are really shades of one color.
• Next choose an individual color from one of your overdyed thread choices. Select three or more colors of floss to go with that overdyed thread. Check that the flosses also work with your other overdyed threads. If you want you can choose another color from that overdyed floss and repeat the process. Or move on to the next overdyed thread.
• Follow this process with the other overdyed threads. Also remember to lay your chosen flosses out and look at them with the other overdyed threads.

I like to say that this checking is auditioning the colors. Actually, lay them on top of the other threads.

Now if you would like a little glitz choose a #12 braid or braids for each of your color groups.

You will be able to continue adding threads until a quarter of the Kimono is stitched.

If you are going to add beads, choose them but DO NOT PUT THEM ON UNTIL THE KIMONO IS ALL STITCHED. Remember you can play with this as much as you want.

You are ready to get started.

– Teacher John Waddell

Added on 12/28/20: While one skein of most threads will be sufficient, the stitcher will need an additional skein of the thread that is chosen to stitch the outline. The more threads you have the better as you will be mixing different threads in the stitches. If you are using a thread that is made in small batches and you do not know how much you will need buy enough that you are comfortable with. More is better if this is your possible problem. You will be able to add more colors until you have gotten to the one quarter point. From there on you will only work the threads you now have chosen.