Blue Natural Sashiko Thread Cover

Purple & Blue Natural Sashiko Thread

Another update of our beautiful “hand-dyed” Natural Sashiko Thread. This time, we are offering purple and blue natural Sashiko Thread.

Keiko Futatsuya, the Sashiko artist as well as Natural Dye artist, successfully continues her Natural Dye with “Logwood” and “Lac Dye.” Including “Tangala,” these 3 requires attentive process to keep offering the similar colors to provide with the same color numbers. We dye about 10 skeins of Sashiko thread every dye pots. Since Sashiko thread are hand-dyed with Natural Dyes, the color outcome is slightly different. However, we succeeded to come up with the “similar-enough” colors to provide as the product.


Just stunning Natural Blue and Purple.


We are proud of offering so many varieties of natural dyedSashiko Thread including Indigo & Kakishibu. They are just stunning colors.

They are all available on this website.

Blue Natural Sashiko Thread

Blue Natural Sashiko Thread

Blue is one of the most difficult colors to dye. The Japanese blue with Natural Indigo is the most famous and popular color. We try to come up with other blue, which is a bit different from Bold Indigo Blue, with Logwood. This color requires multiple steps to succeed. Enjoy the kind Blue only Nature create.

Blue Natural Sashiko Thread Cover



Purple Natural Sashiko Thread

Stabilizing the Purple color from Lacdye was one of the biggest challenges in 2017. We had so many shades of Lac Dye (and therefore so many numbers assigned), and then finalize the story with 4 shades available for sale. Enjoy these miracle purple.



Beige and Gray Natural Sashiko Thread

Besides Purple and Blue, beige and gray are important colors in Sashiko Stitching. Logwood and Tangala happen to create the beautiful beige and gray by using the different catalyst.

Enjoy these natural colors to match your Sashiko project.




Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018

Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018 | Sashiko Stitching!

I am so happy to announce that I offer another Sashiko Workshops in New York City, Manhattan Tribeca Neighboorhood. If you are interested, please register yourself on the detail information page here | Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018 here.



The best way to start & review Sashiko


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There are several Sashiko books and tutorials available in the market. I also offer some online tutorials on our Youtube Channel.

However, the best way to start and review Sashiko is to see how the Sashiko (repair) artist do Sashiko every day. Sashiko was too ordinary for Japanese people to establish the structure. Therefore, we can see many types of Sashiko from many communities in Japan. The common concept is that the Japanese developed Sashiko to repair, strength, mend, and decorate fabric with appreciation.


Since there is no such a thing as “Right” and “Wrong” in Sashiko, it can be confusing to learn.

Atsushi offers what is the best way to keep enjoying Sashiko in terms of its technique, supplies, and tips to increase “enjoyment” in your Sashiko. Unless you are absolutely 100% confident in using Sashiko needle & thimble, the workshop will be a great opportunity to start & review Sashiko.

On our Youtube Channel, you can see how we use the Sashiko Needle & Thimble.



Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018 | Next is Summer 2018


Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018


My schedule for May and June is pretty packed already.

The possible Sashiko Workshop in NYC is at the end of July or in August. Since I do not live in NYC, I can offer the workshops only a few times a year. I offer an option to have the private workshop, but joining the workshops in NYC will be the easiest and cheapest option among my offers.


It will be nice Spring day (hopefully) in NYC.

If it is a sunny day, stitching time on the balcony may be available. The host of the workshop may be able to offer this beautiful surprise. Please do not miss this great opportunity to enjoy Sashiko Stitching with Atsushi.


Please be noted that your registration is required to attend the workshop.

Thank you & I am looking forward to meeting you there.


Private Sashiko Workshop

Private Sashiko Workshop | Bring Sashiko to your group.

Are you interested in Sashiko Workshop and cannot find the appropriate the instructor/expert? Atsushi can offer you and your group a customized Private Sashiko Workshop.


I offer a regular series of Sashiko Workshops In Manhattan, TriBeCa Neighboorhood, a few times a year.

At the same time, depending on the condition, I can arrange a private Sashiko workshop for your quilting guild, patchwork community, and friends groups. Since I offer the Private Sashiko Workshop for you and your group, I can customize the contents of the workshop with communication to your needs.


Please contact Atsushi for your needs with expecting the possible fee referring the “Fee Sample” below.


Fee Sample of Private Sashiko Workshop



Base Fee | Standard Rate

Instructor Fee: $100 per hour

Materials Fee: $60.00 per participant

Single Arrangement Fee: $50

If a private Sashiko Workshop is a regular 3 hours length one with 6 participants, the total fee will be $710 USD/About $120 per person ($300 for 3 hours + $60 for a material fee to each participant + $50 arrangement fee). Single Arrangement Fee will be waived if I can offer more than 2 regular 3-hours length workshop or a 6 hours-length workshop.

The Material fee will be waived or discounted if a participant had purchased our Sashiko Starter Kit and bring it to the workshop.

Please prepare the space for the workshop on your responsibility. Also, I would ask you to cover the necessary expense for traveling and accommodations.


Case 1 | 2 of regular Sashiko Workshop


For regular Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic), I have a workshop size preference.

Workshop Size Preference: 6 Ideal, 4 minimum, 8 Maximum.

Workshop Duration: 3 hours

Workshops in a day: Up to 3 times.


This is the standard case for me to offer the best Sashiko Workshop for up to 24 people in a day.


Case 2 | 1 Long Sashiko Workshop

Workshop Size Preference: 12 Ideal, 7 minimum, 16 Maximum.

Workshop Duration: 6 hours

Workshops in a day: Up to 2 times.

If a group size is more than 16 and would like to take the workshop all together, 6 hours extended workshop may be the better idea. The contents are the same. I will spend more time focusing on each student throughout the 6 hours.



Private Sashiko Workshop Bags


If you are a single member or a small group.


I understand there are many people who are interested in taking my Sashiko workshops, but not in a group of quilting and patchworking to have me at your place. There are a few things you can do to take my Sashiko workshop with reasonable price.

1. Make a plan to visit where Atsushi lives | Lewisburg, PA 17837

I live in the central part of Pensylvania. If you can make a visit to the city of Lewisburg, I can arrange the private Sashiko workshop for you with the price of $135 ~ $250 per person including the materials, depending on your request. The extra fee may apply for the place to offer the workshop. I do not mind offering the Sashiko workshop in your hotel room if you plan to stay overnight. I am open to any suggestion & possibility.

2. Join a local needlework group and propose the idea of having me there.

I can offer the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core and Basic) regularly in TriBeCa, hugely thanks to my supporters. Please consider to join the local needlework, patchwork, quilting or hand-crafting group and guild and propose them to have me in your city. If your group can be a good supporter of my activity, then I can offer the multiple Sashiko Workshops in your city like I do in Tribeca, NYC.

3. Take the Online Workshop

With many requests from all over the world, I am developing the Online-Sashiko Workshop.

It is very challenging since my workshop style includes actual re-positioning your hands by holding yours. I am a bit uneasy if I can deliver the same quality workshop to the participants over the web. I will update the information once it is ready to offer.


Please contact me when you are ready to have me

Private Sashiko Workshop Pin CUSHION


I sincerely appreciate the increase of interest in Sashiko Stitching and my Sashiko Workshop.

I used to say, “please feel free to contact me with any small questions!” Although I feel the same, the increase of contacts which ended up with not receiving the reply made me write this. Please contact me when you are ready to have me.


It is perfectly fine if the workshop doesn’t work out because of a scheduling conflict. I understand that.

However, not getting a reply after scheduling myself causes troubles and it may negatively affect the possibility of keep offering the workshop. I usually make a reply within a day. Please try to be on the track if you decided to contact me.


I have had 3 cases without ANY replies within a week… I am sorry for whining. 




Thank you for your understanding & I am looking forward to offering the “100% satisfaction received” Sashiko Workshop.


Buy Sashiko Thread Cover

Why you want to Buy Sashiko Thread from us

I have been feeling a boom in Sashiko stitching recently. Especially in 2018, there are more search in terms of Sashiko, and increase in inquiries and questions. Other retail stores online started offering our Coron Sashiko Thread as well. Although the competition in popular products is a healthy economic activity, let me share the reason why you want to buy Sashiko Thread, or any other Sashiko related materials, from us, Upcycle Stitches.


Learn about our Sashiko Thread


Buy Sashiko Thread = Be part of our Sashiko Community


I am a single member LLC to offer Sashiko tutorials, Sashiko services, and merchandise sales in the United States. As of now, I am able to answer all the questions within a day or so, but when the demands increase, I will have to prioritize in answering the questions and inquiries. Since I do not know anyone who is as knowledgeable as I am regarding Sashiko AND can speak/write English, the process of following up to the Sashiko questions is the job only I can do. It is not a job I can outsource.


At the same time, I have a goal of sharing the concept & technique of Sashiko to as many people as possible.

One of the process to achieve these goals is to offer “free online video tutorials” and “Sashiko articles to answer the possible questions. ” Although I have a pile of free information available, it is, of course, assuring to have someone answering the questions. I am here for that, and I probably need to prioritize the questions in future.



Buy Sashiko Thread | Know Customers


I would like to know my customers.

When I receive the order on this website (, I will know you. That is a very important process for me. I remember who you are, and I will try my best to follow-up with your needs in Sashiko. The customer of our store will be prioritized in receiving my answers. It is fair, right?


I have a shop at this website, Etsy, and Amazon.

Either of these is fine to buy Sashiko Thread. This website is the easiest for me to remember you, then Etsy. In order to understand who is buying Sashiko thread on Amazon, you would need to tell me that you had purchased it from our store by confirming with your order number. I believe I am setting the price competitive and reasonable. (Please let me know if you find a store offering the same product with much cheaper price, like 40% cheaper than the price on either store above.)


Make sure that YOU know who you are buying Sashiko thread from.

If you understand you buy Sashiko thread from Sashiko professionals or crafting store, then I am not worried. They will answer your questions when you need a help. In this society with the Internet, anyone can be a seller of any kinds of products. I can foresee some sellers joining the Sashiko Thread market when they learn that Sashiko thread is popular. When it happens, please try to understand who you are buying from.


Not only you may not get a support after purchase, your action may be discouraging the Sashiko culture.



Sashiko thread is not only a product for us

It is kind of strange to mention, but we believe that Sashiko thread is a way to connect with the potential Sashiko practitioner. We do not consider it as a mere product to sell. We need to make a living out of Sashiko, so the price is competitive, but again, we believe the pricing is reasonable.


We also respect the long-established and traditional manufacturers in Japan, especially those who have been trying to pass down their hand-crafting culture to the next generation. When you purchase our items including Sashiko thread, you are supporting these manufacturers we respect. As a result, my customers are supporting the traditional craft/manufactures in Japan.




Buy Sashiko = Support Sashiko as Culture

Buy Sashiko Thread


Again. It may be strange since the goal of “business” is ultimately making a profit.

I have been there and I have done that. If I would like to focus on profit (money), Sashiko is not the best conclusion to work on… all hand-made. How can this be profitable like other capitalistic business?


My mother and I talked about it when we “re-start” our Sashiko life.

“When we can make a living with what we like to do, we don’t need millions of dollars to be happy.”


We are pretty happy by doing the enjoyable Sashiko we suggest here and there. Now, we would like to protect this beaeutiful culture, including everyone who is in the process of making them. Thread manufactures, textile manufactures, and all the unknown artisans in Japan.

By knowing who you are buying items from, you can support these people instead of spending a 1 penny less on some random sellers.



Continuous Support & Customer Experience Improvement


Asking customers to buy Sashiko thread based on our reasoning is just our side of stories.

We understand it is very important to continuously improve the customer experience. I have been planning to install the “customer loyalty service” so you can get benefit of keep using our store. We are a very small store to share Sashiko items. We remember you as cutomers and we would like to welcome you to our Sashiko Community.


Enjoy Sashiko!