Correct Sashiko Wrong Sashiko

Correct Sashiko Wrong Sashiko

Are you seeking for “Correct” Sashiko? It is one of the most popular questions on this website. Is my Sashiko correct or wrong? Here is my answer to the long-discussed topic: Correct Sashiko Wrong Sashiko.


About Rules and regulation in Sashiko

I wrote an article about rules and regulations in Sashiko.

There isn’t such a thing as Rules and Regulations in Sashiko. 


I am sorry for saying it, but there isn’t because Sashiko was (is)  too ordinary to Japanese. I understand the human prefer the solid answer than unregulated information. It is always easier to follow rules and manuals than starting from scratch.


The key of Sashiko is to enjoy hand-stitching and appreciate the fabric.

As long as you are following those concepts, I respect you as a Sashiko practitioner. There are techniques, advice, and hints to make Sashiko beautiful and efficient. However, it is not a form of rules telling you “What to do and what not to do.”


An Analogy to Correct Sashiko Wrong Sashiko discussion


Again. I understand that you prefer to have sort of rules to clarify your question of Correct Sashiko Wrong Sashiko. “Do whatever you want” is not a great approach in a process of learning something new. Therefore, I have many tutorials to share how “I” enjoy Sashiko and creates so many Sashiko items in a limited time. I would like to, however, avoid mentioning what is Correct and what is wrong. There is Sashiko I like and Sashiko I do not like. Would it make sense a bit more?


Pizza in American culture would be a good analogy for my understanding of Sashiko.


There are many kinds of Pizza in the United States, and in the world.

There is a Italian style Pizza, Chicago Style Pizza, New York Style Pizza, Frozen Pizza to Delivery Pizza. More and more.

Can you define which is “Correct Pizza” and “Wrong Pizza”? Please do not say that a Frozen Pizza is not a Pizza. I understand that people have the preference. Some people prefer deep dish Chicago pizza, and the other people may like cheap junky taste pizza.


Pizza is too ordinary for us to categorize what is Pizza and NOT.

Sashiko is(was) like this Pizza for the Japanese in the past. The ordinary Japanese, especially those who were in the poor region, performed Sashiko and each village, each family in the village, each family member in the family, had their original Sashiko.


Sashiko is merely a form of stitching

Sashiko Art items are so beautiful. I agree with that.

The people found the beauty in the repetitive stitching and its simplicity. They found the value in the concept behind Sashiko and its products such as Boro.


However, Sashiko is merely a form of stitching.

It is free to collaborate with any other textile culture, Art, and anything you can think of. For that matter, the reader of this article has more possibility than I do because my imagination in Sashiko is very limited to the traditional (and sometimes referred authentic) Sashiko.


I sincerely believe that Keiko (Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya) is a genius in Sashiko field.

Regardless of her 30+ years of experience in Sashiko field, she can create something new with the concept of Sashiko & its technique. If you are wondering what Sashiko is… and concerened with the discussion of Correct Sashiko Wrong Sashiko, please visit Keiko for her Sashiko items. They will clear all of the questions and motivate you to enjoy Sashiko more and more.



Correct Sashiko Wrong Sashiko
Indigo Sashiko Stitching + Kakishibu (Persimmon Tannnin) Dye Fabric.


The previous article about Sashiko Rules.

Sashiko Rules | Right & Wrong in Sashiko Stitching?

After Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018

After Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018 | Follow Ups

It was such a nice weekend in Tribeca, NYC, with wonderful participants to the Sashiko Workshop. This is a notification for follow-ups for those who participated Sashiko Workshops & for those who would like to participate in future Sashiko Workshops: After Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018.

A follow-up email should be in your mailbox.

For those who participated in Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic) Spring, I sincerely appreciate your contribution to making the workshop so comfortable and enjoyable. It was such a good workshop and I hope everyone felt the same way I did.

I had sent you an email with the follow-up information.

If you have not received the follow-up email, please contact me so I will resend it to you.


As I kept saying in the workshop, my goal is to share Sashiko and encourage you to keep enjoying Sashiko. Please keep in touch, and let me know if there is anything I can do.


A Sashiko Workshop possibility in near future


The Sashiko Workshops Spring 2018; over the weekend of 4/21 and 4/22, filled up in advance of the actual weekend. I feel like the Sashiko is getting popular, and I would love to share my expertise as often as possible, Here are the possibilities of our Sashiko Workshops, including (Basic & Core) and (Intermediate & Hitomezashi). We are still working on the planning phase. However, if you could tell me that you are interested in taking the workshop with us, it will greatly help us to plan. The more people who would like to take, the easier we can plan on things.

  • Middle of June in Detroit Area in MI
  • End of July in Tribeca Are in Manhattan, NYC


The detail and exact date will be announced once we confirm the locations & conditions. Please subscribe the newsletter from the sidebar to get the latest information. You may simply contact me with your passion to join the future Sashiko Workshop. I will add you the waiting list and will inform you for sure once everything is confirmed.


After Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018


I will be quite busy in May and the rest of April.

My goal during this time is to offer the Online Sashiko Workshop. I will contact the person based on the waiting list, one by one, to invite you to the online workshop. It is still in developmental phase, but I am willing to try to share (I have tried some online Sashiko workshop in Japanese – my native language.) If you are interested in an online Sashiko workshop, you may also contact me to let me add you to the waiting list.




Spring Sashiko Sale 2018

Spring Sashiko Sale 2018 | Only a few days!

Here is a great deal as Spring Sashiko Sale 2018.

As you may have noticed, we do not offer much sales discount in a year. I am offering this Spring Sashiko Sale 2018 because I will not be able to make a package for the weekend of 4/20 ~ 4/22. All the orders I receive after the noon of 4/19 will be shipped on either 4/23 or 4/24. Instead of saying just “Thank you for your understanding!”, I decided to offer the discount.


Deal of Spring Sashiko Sale 2018

It is already started. The qualified items are already discounted. The deal will end on Monday 4/23. There is no requirement to participate in this sales as long as a customer understand these conditions.

  • The order, which is placed after the noon of 4/19, will be shipped on 4/23 or 4/24.
  • I have a plenty of inventory. However, in case of running short in inventory, I may ask you to wait for extra time or cancel the order.

This is my first time to offer the deal on this website.

I believe that the result will not be significant to the other “Big Sales” we get used to. However, just in case, I would like to mention that I will process the order in “first come first serve” based.


Several Events while I am in NYC

The reason I will not be able to process the order over the weekend of 4/20 ~ 4/22 is that I am traveling to NYC & Brooklyn. The regular Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic) is already full, but there are more events I will be joining.


Friday, April 20th | Tinted by Nature & Sashiko Items.

Some of our Sashiko items will be exhibited for purchase in the gallery, GGrippo art+design in Brooklyn.

The opening reception is opened to the public, and I will be there at 6 pm as well. It is a great opportunity to meet many artists who are passionate about Natural Dye. I hope to see you there. Let me know if you come to the reception by reading this article!

Address: 174 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY.



Tinted by Nature


Saturday, April 21st

GGrippo art+design hosts my Sashiko Workshop (with Zen & Mindfulness topics) in their exclusive studio.

It starts at 4 pm. It will be pretty similar to the regular Sashiko stitching workshop. Check out the information!

Spring Sashiko Sale 2018 Workshop

Sunday, April 22nd

This is an offer for those who graduated our Sashiko Stitching Workshop.

We have a Sashiko Gathering, where the participants can get together and share their Sashiko work, and stitch together. A lot of items will be included to motivate & encourage them to keep enjoying Sashiko. Please consider to join us on Sunday morning, starting at 9:45 in Tribeca.

Sashiko Gathering!



More to come. Now, enjoy the Spring Sashiko Sale 2018.

I have more updates coming up such as Online Sashiko Workshop and so on. Since I am doing this by myself, it takes a bit of time to catch up everything going on around me. While I sort things nicely and neat, please enjoy a discount on Sashiko Thread & some of our Sashiko supplies.


Thank you for your loyalty & Enjoy Sashiko!


Why loops in Sashiko Running Stitching

Why loops in Sashiko Running Stitching

I have received many questions in my Youtube Videos when I make loops at the corners I change the direction in stitching. I understand the question, and this is my answer to “Why loops in Sashiko Running Stitching”.

A sample video with loops in Sashiko Running Stitching is:



Why loops in Sashiko Running Stitching?

The answer is kind of simple. “Just in Case.

Sashiko is not only about stitching as a movement of the needle using a thimble. It is about making beautiful stitches with the purpose of strengthening the fabric. In order to have beautiful stitches, you need to perform “Itokoki” everytime you pull the needle through the fabric.

Itokoki is a movement of smoothing the stitches by pulling the fabric and pressuring the stitches (thread) using fingers. I may say, “you need to smooth the fabric” in the video, but I realize that it may not be 100% accurate translation. I will start using the word “Itokoki”


A Sample of Itokoki


First, you will make stitching like this. If you do not perform running stitch, there is no need for both Itokoki and loops.

Sashiko Itokoki


After pulling the needle out, the stitches will look like this. In order to smooth this bumpy stitches, we need to pressure the fabric and stitches together. The movement of smoothing the fabric and stitches are called “Itokoki.”

Sashiko Itokoki 2


When we do not perform enough Itokoki, then the stitches on the front side will look tensed. As much as we try our best to avoid it, we sometimes make mistake. The loop is for those “just in case”. When we have a loop at the corner, this kind of error can be fixed easily.

Sashiko Itokoki 3




Regardless of the importance of Itokoki, it is very difficult to perform the perfect work.

Since it is “outside of the Sashiko stitching rhythm,” we tend to move to the next stitching without performing it perfectly. In order to avoid re-doing a lot of work, I tend to leave the extra thread on the fabric. It happens to be a shape of the loop, but it is just a thread leftover for “just in case”.


When I make loops

Here are the cases I often make loops. It can be a good project example for “Why loops in Sashiko Running Stitching”

1. A project which has the lining/back fabric.

Sashiko is originally developed as a needlework (technique) to use single layer fabric, both front and back, as the finished side. Therefore, we do not make knots when starting and ending the stitching. However, when we have a plan to put the linning or back fabric on the back side of the single layer of fabric, it is perfectly fine to make the side messy. In these cases, I actually recommend having some loops so we can fix the errors.

2. denim or thick fabric.

Even when you do not plan to put the linning or back fabric, if you plan to not to show the side, I also recommend leaving some loops, just in case.

Especially when I work on the denim, I try to leave small loops so the denim fabric can either stretch or shrink. The small loop will not affect the feeling. However, do not leave the big loops that the toes may stuck at the back side of Denim.


As I mentioned above, some Sashiko projects require both sides to be beautiful.

When I do not differentiate front and back, making loops (leaving extra thread) will not be appropriate.


Do I need a loop in Sashiko, then?


The answer is “No”.

If you prefer to avoid making loops, I have no objection to that. The idea of making loops is merely a wisdom in Sashiko stitching. If I were very careful and attentive, I would not want to make loops. However, I would rather keep some loops than fixing the errors by re-doing everything.


This was my answer to the question of “Why loops in Sashiko Running Stitching?”

Sashiko is as free (&creative) as you can imagine.

Enjoy the process, and be proud of the result. The loops are okay in between fabrics, or back side of denim (hidden).



Tinted by Nature

Tinted by Nature | Joining an exhibition in Brooklyn

We are honored to be part of the exhibition “Tinted by Nature” curation of naturally dyed Sashiko thread and Sashiko items. The exhibition is curated by GGrippo art+studio.

On show from
April 20 – June 10.
Brooklyn, New York
GGrippo gallery, 174 Grand st, Brooklyn.

Atsushi will be joining the opening ceremony on 4/20 at 6 pm. Exciting to meet you & see you all.

Tinted by Nature


The first exhibition for us | Tinted by Nature

This is our very first participation in the curated exhibition in the USA. We are so happy that GGrippo found us, and being a part of this great exhibition. The colors from Nature (natural dye) are something beyond the words. I always try to express how stunning the colors are, but looking at them with your eyes will make a big difference. I hope to see you & meet you at the opening ceremony on 4/20.


Sashiko Workshop in GGrippo art+studio


On 4/21, I have a plan to offer the Sashiko Workshop in GGrippo art+studio in Brooklyn.

The content of the workshop is very similar to what I usually offer as “Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic)”. In addition to share the Sashiko technique how to use a thimble and a needle, I will talk about the beauty of Natural Colors in Sashiko. I will also talk about how Sashiko can affect the way of thinking throughout “mindfulness.” The stitching and color from Nature can be very mind-soothing activity. 


Please find the details here and purchase your seat.

Registration Page for Sashiko Stitching Workshop in GGrippo on 4/21 at 4 pm. 



Touch, feel, and enjoy our Sashiko items

Some of our Sashiko items with Natural Dyed thread and vintage fabric will be displayed in the exhibition. They are also available for purchase. Sashiko Bags and Sashiko Cushion Covers will be welcoming you to touch, feel and enjoy the actual Sashiko stitching. Everything is done by hand, and every item is “one of a kind” Sashiko items.


Tinted by Nature Sashiko Bag