Every once in a while I get asked about sources for Japanese needlework items. I've listed the few that I have used in a sidebar to the left. I can't guarantee your success with them, but I have had absolutely no problems ordering from any of them. For those of you in the US, just be aware that items are shipping from outside the US and don't expect instantaneous delivery -- especially for items qualifying for free shipping. If you're outside the US, you'll need to check with the individual retailers about their shipping policies, as I don't know what they are for anywhere but my own mailbox.