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


Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018 _ Cover 1


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!

Sashiko Stitching Live Streaming

Sashiko Stitching Live Streaming | Sashi.Co Channel

Atsushi & Keiko Fuatsuya host Sashiko Stitching Live Streaming on Youtube. Atsushi is the main host, and Keiko supervises what we teach, share, and make tutorials about regarding Sashiko. The topics in Sashiko Stitching Live streaming include small Sashiko tutorials, stories about Sashiko & its culture, and presentations about what we make and what we make.


Sashiko Stitching Live Streaming Front



I have a series of Sashiko Workshop to teach Sashiko stitching very effectively and intensively.

At the same time, my goal is to make Sashiko available to anyone in the world.


Needless to say, learning from me in person is the best way to learn Sashiko, but I also offer some free Sashiko tutorials and live streaming so you can learn what Sashiko is for free. We are also working on the online Sashiko workshop with a fee, but I believe we can differentiate paid-workshop and free tutorials & live streaming.



Sample of Sashiko Stitching Live Streaming

It is rare to find Sashiko Tutorials, especially those with actual Sashiko stitching in Live streaming. I am opened to any questions during the live streaming, and I am willing to share what I have as much as I can. Here are some samples of our Live Streaming Archives.




Community of Sashiko & Sashiko’s philosophy

The channel name “Sashi.Co” represent Keiko’s Sashiko works.

When Keiko restarted her Sashiko work from the tragedy, we put a lot of wishes in  “.Co” with several meanings such as “company” “Contribute” and “Community” (Actually more…)


In order to make a community of Sashiko and it’s a philosophy we appreciate, we would need to share first. Then people can choose if they like it or not. I want you to be in the community to appreciate. We appreciate what we have by up-cycling and repurposeing for a sustainable society, which leads us to be more mindfulness who we are.


It is not a religion, simply a community where we all can share how we love what we have instead of complaining what we do not have.


Welcome to the Sashiko Stitching Live Streaming to share your appreciation!


Sashiko Cushion Cover Boro and Traditional

Sashiko Cushion Cover Collection 2018

Upcycle Stitches LLC and Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya are happy to announce the release of new Sashiko item collection. We have been creating many Sashiko items in the past. After a few years of the blank period, we introduce Sashiko Cushion Cover Collection 2018. We designed the cushion based on our experience living in the U.S. and Japan. We believe the cushions will fit many households as a unique and exclusive decor.


Sashiko Cushion Cover Collection 2018


Special Price for Sashiko Cushion Cover on Etsy

This is our first Sashiko product line-up released by Upcycle Stitches. We sincerely wish that we have a storefront so customers can come and visit us to “feel” the authentic Sashiko items. We will save some moeny and hopefully the dream will come true soon. Meanwhile, we list them on Etsy store with Special Price for the limited time period.

I hope you can find Sashiko Cushion Cover which matches your home!


Sashiko Cushion Cover Collection 2018 | Spring


Sashiko Cushion Cover Boro and Traditional

Boro-Inspired Cushion Cover

Boro gets so popular recently for its authentic looking.

It is very challenging to make Boro Cushion Cover since (1) Boro fabric is difficult to get and make it into large enough piece, (2) Boro is too fragile to use as cushion (Decor possible / very weak to friction.)


Instead making Boro Cushion cover, we decided to make the Boro-inspired Cushion cover. The cushion cover has boro like looking and strengthened by Sashiko stitching. All Japanese vintage fabric, and no similar product will be made. Every pieces are one-of-a-kind item.


#005C means front side of Cushion Cover #005.

#005CB means back side of Cushion COver #005.

Japanese Vintage Fabric | Cotton 100% | insert cushion from a side zipper


5CB Sashiko Cushion Boro-Inspired
6B Sashiko Cushion Boro-Inspired 6CB Sashiko Cushion Boro-Inspired
7B Sashiko Cushion Boro-Inspired 7CB Sashiko Cushion Boro-Inspired
8B Sashiko Cushion Boro-Inspired 8CB Sashiko Cushion Boro-Inspired



Traditional & Authentic Cushion Cover

Hand-stitched Sashiko Cushion Cover with the Japanese traditional geometric patter, Higaki, makes the Sashiko cushion very authentic. The fine stitches made by hands on beautiful indigo fabric will be a beautiful accent in your home decor.


#001C means front side of Cushion Cover #001.

#001CB means back side of Cushion COver #001.

Indigo Dye Fabric | Cotton 100% | insert cushion from a side zipper

1C Traditional Sashiko Cushion Cover 1BC Traditional Sashiko Cushion Cover
2C Traditional Sashiko Cushion Cover 2BC Traditional Sashiko Cushion Cover
3C Traditional Sashiko Cushion Cover 3CB Traditional Sashiko Cushion Cover
4C Traditional Sashiko Cushion Cover 4CB Traditional Sashiko Cushion Cover


Takara Unique Design Cushion Cover

Takara Cushion Cover


Sashiko is not all about geometric pattern.

There are picture-like designing, and this is our challange to make it more art-like items with Sashiko stitching.

We name this “TAKARA = Trasure in Japanese language.” We wishes all the wealth for those who purchase this cushion pillow.


Fabric is Indigo Dye fabric with cotton 100%.

Only the front side has the stitching, and the back side is plain Indigo fabric. Without zipper. The fabric overap some so you can insert the cushion there.


9 Takara Sashiko Cushion Cover 10 Takara Sashiko Cushion Cover
11 Takara Sashiko Cushion Cover 12 Takara Sashiko Cushion Cover
13 Takara Sashiko Cushion Cover 14 Takara Sashiko Cushion Cover
15 Takara Sashiko Cushion Cover



Hishi-Seikaiha Indigo Cushion Cover



Hishi Seikaiha Cushion Cover


The big size of 24 inch square with all hand-stitched Sashiko!

Beautiful traditional pattern, Hishi-Seikaiha, on the big fabric with patchworking 2 different shade of Indigo Dye Fabric.


Indigo Dye Fabric | Cotton 100% | insert cushion from a side zipper.

16 Hishi Seikaiha Sashiko Cushion Cover

17 Hishi Seikaiha Sashiko Cushion Cover


Sashiko Rules Asanoha Pattern

Sashiko Rules | Right & Wrong in Sashiko Stitching?

One of the frequent questions I receive when I actually show my Sashiko stitching is that I am not following the “correct way of Sashiko.” In conclusion, I believe that there is not such a thing as Sashiko Rules. Therefore, there is No “right” and “wrong” in Sashiko Stitching. No regulations. No Bad Sashiko.

What I teach & share is a technique (hint) to make the better Sashiko, more beautiful Stitches, and Sashiko stitching with comfortable hand-movement. It is an advice, not the rule. It is always your choice to follow any information. I just simply prefer the way my Sashiko goes.




Should NOT lines cross in Sashiko Rules…?

“I learned that you should not cross the lines with stitches.”

Yes. Some Sashiko books & articles online suggested not to cross the stitches when the 2 or more lines cross. You may have understood that it i the absolutely bad thing to do to make the line crossed.


Me? I don’t really pay attention when the lines cross. What I pay attention to is if I can keep the same length of beautiful stitches. Here is a reason below.


Which Asano-ha do you prefer?

The reason is pretty simple. Which Asano-ha Sashiko patterns do you prefer?

I “can” follow the so-called the Sashiko rules of Asanoha pattern Sashiko to not to cross the lines. However, the Sashiko following the specific length and modify it leave the feeling of “artificial.” I would like to decide the size of stitching based on the project theme, not based on the Sashiko rules or regulations which someone made. I simply prefer the center or right Sashiko pieces on the photo. That’s why I keep saying there is no such a thing as Sasiko Rules.


Sashiko Rules Asanoha Pattern


Also, “No Rules Sashiko” is another reason I strongly recommend to learn how to transfer the patterns onto the fabric by yourself.

It is easier to purchase the “pattern pre-printed fabric” to have good Sashiko time. However, by learning how to draw & transfer the Sashiko pattern on the fabric, you will have the infinite possibility of your Sashiko project. Again, there are no rules. You can do whatever you want.



Sashiko is too ordinary to be the way of art.


Besides my personal preferences, I have several reasons for my belief that there is no rule for Sashiko.

Unlike Ikebana (Flower Art) and Chano-Yu (Tea Ceremony) which became considered as the way of Japanese art, Sashiko was too ordinary for many people to give it art status. As long as I know, there is no school for Sashiko, and there isn’t an organization to offer the types of certification. Sashiko was too ordinary for the Japanese to consider as the art.


In fact, the Boro, in form of the result of continuous Sashiko stitching, represented the poverty, and it was shameful for the Japanese to own so much Boros in their house. The people even buried the Boro fabric under the ground to hide the shame.

Sashiko Rules Boro


Since Sashiko was too ordinal, there are many kinds of Sashiko in Japan. I would say, the rural location with snowy winter & surrounded by mountain (or ocean) have the Sashiko culture or similar to that. The limited logistic to the fabric supply & limited opportunity for the winter labor developed the culture of Sashiko. In Japan, as you can see on the map, there are many locations that fulfill the requirement to be “Sashiko Place.” 


It is simple. Therefore you can make your own Sashiko.


It is interesting to see people disappointed when I tell them that there is no rule in Sashiko.

Well. Sometimes, it is easier to learn the new craft when rules and regulation limit your ideas. It is easier to follow the direction rather than creating your new one. I understand that. I try to answer the market demands by creating the DIY Sashiko kit and starter kit.


You may have some fancy image in Sashiko.

In reality, Sashiko is merely a technique of hand-stitching the Japanese developed from poverty. I respect Sashiko. However, I believe Sashiko shouldn’t something you should suffer to learn for decades. It is very simple. Therefore, there is infinite of possibility to apply Sashiko to any other crafting, embroidery, and any kinds of project. My goal is to share the enjoyment of Sashiko. The mindfulness of hand-stitching, and the beauty of Sashiko & Boros.


I respect all the Sashiko works in the world. I may mention my preferences. However, I strongly believe there is no such a thing as “Wrong Sashiko” and “Correct Sashiko.”

I hope you enjoy Sashiko more with ease in mind.


Sashiko Thread Sample Photo

Sashiko Thread Sample Booklet | All Natural Dye

Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya has been producing the Natural Dye Sashiko Thread for almost 3 years. We receive many positive reviews, and we are confident in what we make. At the same time, we receive many requests to provide a color sample for our Natural Dye Sashiko Thread Collection. Finally, I made several of Sashiko Thread sample Booklets. They are available online now! ~ Sashiko Thread Sample Booklet | All Natural Dye.


Sashiko Thread Sample Booklet


A price for the Sashiko Thread Sample Booklet is $20.00 !?

I set a price of $20.00 for the booklet. I know. It is expensive for a hand-made booklet.

The booklet itself doesn’t look like the one with $20.00 value. It is hand-made and we use all the Natural Dye thread so I hope it doesn’t sound like I am ripping you off. By its look, I would say $5.00 ~ $10.00 would be a reasonable pricing.


Then, why did I set up this pricing?

The answer is that I would like to sell (give) this booklet to someone who sincerely appreciates this booklet. Once I made the sample. In past, I have spread the Sashiko Sample Booklet to many people, pretty much everyone who wanted to have. It sold out very quickly, and I needed to ask customers to wait. One day, I found a sample booklet in a trash can…


Ideally speaking, I even would like to give away it free. It is my pleasure to share our Natural Dye Sashiko thread; what we are proud of.


After thinking a lot of the issues, I come up with the idea. I hope this deal makes sense to you.


Here is a deal I come up with.

We will not reimburse it and more

I will send you $39.00 store credit when the booklet holder purchases more than 15 skeins of our Natural Dye Sashiko thread in their life-time history. When I receive the order of this booklet, I will write down your name, and you will be eligible for the deal.

No need to purchase 15 skeins at once. I will send you the credit when you purchase the 15th thread. It can be anytime, even a few years later. No expiration date. I will count every purchase you made in past if you have already made a purchase from us.


We will reimburse the price of $20.00

After that, you will get $19 discount when you purchase more than 15 skeins of Natural Dye Sashiko Thread.


I hope this deal will make sense to you.

On top of this, Sashiko Thread Sample Booklet is a great sample book to keep in your drawer if you are in love with Natural Colors. With almost 50 colors we have created, we want you to get the color your project deserves!


Thank you!



Sashiko Workshop Basic

Sashiko Workshop Basic & Core in January 2018

I am happy to announce that I can offer another opportunity for Sashiko Workshop Basic & Core on January 13th & 14th in 2018.

In spite of many requests offer Sashiko workshop again, I thought I only could offer it in March at the earliest time. It is very fortunate for me (& anyone interested in Sashiko Workshop) to be able to offer the workshop in Tribeca, New York. Please consider participating our Sashiko workshop on this rare occasion. I usually offer Sashiko workshops 3 ~ 4 times a year. Don’t miss it!


Purchase your seat online


It is difficult to be in NYC on January 13th or 14th…? Please check our “Sashiko Workshop Schedule 2018” for other opportunities to meet/see us.



What you can expect in Sashiko Workshop Basic & Core

You will learn how to enjoy Sashiko Stitching from an actual Sashiko Artist. Since we started introducing our Sashiko techniques in 2012, some of the technique you will learn will widen your hand-sewing possibilities.

I created a landing webpage for our Sashiko Workshops. It summarizes what we do.


As I repeat saying this, there is no such a thing as “rule” in Sashiko Stitching.

There are, however, the technique and procedures which maximize the Sashiko stitching in terms of productivity, the beautiful result, and efficiency. We would like to share how we enjoy our Sashiko so that you will enjoy Sashiko more.

The Sashiko Workshop Basic & Core is the best way to start & re-learn what Sashiko is.


Happy Voices from the graduates


Since I made the workshop registration pages a few weeks ago, we haven’t received many reviews… However, we got all “hand-writing” good reviews and also great 2 online reviews. Here are some happy voices cited from online reviews. Thank you for those who left the reviews!


This was a great foundation for Sashiko beginners (techniques and a bit of history and purpose as well. Atsushi is warm, humorous and knows his stuff.



I really enjoyed the class. Atsushi was an excellent instructor. He demonstrated the proper technique and gave a lot of encouraging feedback on how we could improve or make the process even more efficient and comfortable.



Sashiko is fun way to appreciate fabric & mindful time

Our goal is to introduce what Sashiko is and pass it down to next generation. The more people enjoy Sashiko, the bigger chance we have to pass it down to our children & their children. Hand-sewing and appreciation to what we have is our foundation as a human being, I believe.


I hope to meet & see you in New York!



Japanese Traditional Boro

Japanese Traditional Boro | We Revive them

“Boro (襤褸)” means a piece of ragged cloth in Japanese. Recently, with spreading a word & culture of “Boro” spreading to the world, the word itself starts having other meaning besides simply “ragged cloth.” I enjoy the various interpretation of the culture of Boro and many Boro-inspired art-works. I appreciate the beauty of contemporary Boro culture. However, as a group of Sashiko artists, we would like to introduce how the Japanese Traditional Boro look like.


Not only patchwork. A result of repetitive repairing.

Boro is not only about patchworking small swatches of fabric into one art. The big difference from the western patchwork art is that the main purpose of the project was repairing the torn fabric.

Some of the Boro we can find in the antique market is too fragile to use. We have experienced a valuable piece of Boro “washed away” in hand-washing process. Therefore, we understand that some of the Boro pieces should be kept in the museum or other exhibition facilities.

However, what we would like to pass down to the next generation is not only the beautiful pieces of Boro but also the culture of Boro including how to make these. We continuously search for a good piece of Boro, wash them carefully with expecting some damages and loss, then patch them together to revive the fabric. As exactly the Japanese a few hundred years ago performed, we make the Boro fabric.


Our Boro arts are “clean” and “usable” in your daily life.

We use the Boro, then we repair it. The repetitive repairing makes the authentic Japanese traditional fabric.


Boro from Japanese Tradition



At Random Beauty in Japanese Traditional Boro?

Some people say that the beauty in Boro is a product of at random repairing & mending. Is that really so? We do not agree with that. It is true that the Japanese did not have enough fabric to create a new jacket or a blanket. They had to repair a hole or torn part by using other old fabrics.

However, if they didn’t care about beauty or artistic perspective of Boro, why did they patch only one type of fabric? I believe that they tried to be as fashionable as they can, in limited resources of fabrics.

It also reflects the interesting Japanese culture of shame. The Boro was a symbol of “poverty” and the Japanese felt shame on the patched Boro. With following this culture, our Boro Jacket has more patches inside of Jacket.


We try to follow the old traditional way of Boro making.

With understanding how the Japanese would think and repair, we believe we revive the fabric and Boros as the Japanese in the 18 century do in 2018.


The core of Boro | Appreciation.

Please understand that I am not criticizing the current movement of contemporary Boros. I enjoy watching many arts inspired by the Traditional Boro, and I get inspired by the Boros made in current society.


The core concept of Boro is appreciating what we have.

As long as we follow this core idea of Boro, the result of Boro (patchworking, repairing and quilting) can be in any form.


In this fast-paced society with mass production & mass consumption, appreciating the small piece of fabric is off the mainstream. It is time-consuming and not efficient.


However, I believe it would be nice to leave the culture of appreciation to fabric is a great gift we can leave to the next generation. In addition to the culture and beauty of repairing the fabric, if we can share how fun Sashiiko & Boro are in daily life, we can impact a bit to the current society to more sustainable society.

I want you to have the one in your home.

We sell the Japanese Traditional Boro for those who would like to have the actual Boro piece in your home. I believe our pricing is very reasonable for the authentic look Boro pieces. All the Boro pieces were made in 2017, with repairing and patchworking the severely damaged/torn small swatches of Boro with Sashiko.


They are available on our Etsy store. Please click the link below if you are interested.



Price: $135.00

Size: 17″ x 13″ / 43cm x 33 cm

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Price: $250.00

Size: 36″ x 15.5″ / 91 cm x 40 cm

Japanese Traditional Boro 002_1 Japanese Traditional Boro 002_2


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Size: 34″ x 15.5″ / 86cm x 40 cm

Japanese Traditional Boro 003_2 Japanese Traditional Boro 003_1