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.


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 Exhibition

Sashiko Exhibition with Otsuchi | The Power of Sashiko

The big earthquake hit Northeast Japan, almost 7 years ago, a cold day in March. In a process of recovering from this tragedy, Sashiko helped a group of people in small town, Otsuchi. We are honored to announce that the Otsuchi recovery Sashiko project hosts their Sashiko Exhibition to reiterated our condolences, to remember what happened. 

(Original English Announcement: The detail is on | & Keiko Futatsuya)

*What is Sashiko?


The power of hand-crafting |


Otsuchi Sashiko Project had successfully created “a community” where survivors of Tsunami get together and practice Sashiko.


“We would like to deliver a fishing rod instead of a fish”


After receiving so grateful support supplies from in&out of Japan, we focused on how to bring them to “normal,” which seemed to be almost impossible. I don’t think we have brought them to “normal” but we are sure that we could help them physically and psychologically through Sashiko and hand-crafting. We surely see the power of Sashiko.


Every Sashiko items are all handmade.

There are similar designs, but they are all one of a kind Sashiko items, which is actually Sashiko art.


We are happy to introduce the Sashiko items in general public so people and touch, feel, and appreciate the precious works.


Sashiko Exhibition Flyer 1

Sashiko Exhibition Flyer 2


Sashiko artist, Keiko Futatsuya, will be in the gallery on March 10th and 18th.

The manager of Otsuchi Sashiko Project will be attending the lecture and opening on March 10th.

It is an event in Japanese, but it is a rare opportunity to enjoy the actual & traditional Sashiko items.


Sashiko Exhibition for anyone | in Gifu Prefecture

The Sashiko exhibition is open for free admission during March 10th to 18th between 10 am to 6 pm. The location of the gallery is not convenient for non-Japanese, but please contact us for the locations if you happen to be in Japan, in Gifu prefecture.


We will take photos and show our Sashiko arts.

Sashiko Kasane

Sashiko Kasane | Wisdom of Overlay Stitches

In regular hand-stitching, people use a knot to hold the thread & stitchings. We usually do not make a knot. Instead, we use “Sashiko Kasane” which is overlay stitches to hold the thread without creating an obvious mark at the beginning and end of stitching. In my workshop, I try my best to translate as many Japanese words as possible, I use “Kasane” to indicate the overlay stitching. Sometimes people call it, double stitching, reverse stitching, return stitching and so on. In order to avoid confusion, when I would like to mention about the overlay stitches I explain here, I say Sashiko Kasane.

Some Sashiko projects require having clean (tidy) results on both front and back side. Sashiko Kasane is a wisdom of keeping the thread and stitching on the fabric without making a knot. By making 2 ~ 3 Kasane, the thread will be secured with good looking, almost the people will not know which is front and back.


Illustration of Sashiko Kasane

This illustration briefly explains the concept of Kasane. There are mainly 3 occasions the stitcher may apply Kasane on their Sashiko stitching.

  1. At the beginning of Stitching
  2. In the end, when finishing the stitching
  3. When continuing the stitching with the new thread.


Sashiko Kasane

It is difficult to explain everything in writing. So with the help of illustration above, please try to watch this “Live Streaming Tutorial” regarding Kasane. I explain and demonstrate how to make Kasane. After 15 minutes or so of tutorials, I just kept working on my denim project.



Sashiko Thread is must to have for Kasane

You need to use Sashiko Thread to get the benefit of Kasane.

When you use the embroidery floss, Kasane will not work. If you follow all of my procedure and yet it doesn’t work, then check your thread. If you purchase the thread from me, and if it still doesn’t work, please contact me. However, most cases, when using our Sashiko Thread, the Kasane should work beautifully.


In the current society where we can put lining fabric on the backside (to be hidden side) of the fabric, Kasane is not so important. Kasane was the necessary technique when they had to use both sides as the finished side.

Students ask me if they should or have to use Kasane.

The answer is “No.” There is nothing wrong with Sashiko with making a knot.


As a Sashiko artist who practices Sashiko stitching as traditionally as possible, it is my responsibility to share the technique they used to follow. I hope this article and tutorial help you to understand the technique and concept of Kasane.



Sustainable Sashiko Tutorials

To keep Sustainable Sashiko Tutorials & Database

Since 2017, I have received many questions and requests regarding Sashiko technique and workshops from all over the world. As I keep mentioning here, my goal throughout “Upcycle Stitches LLC” is to make Sashiko more open-sourced: Available anyone in the world. In order to achieve the goal, and to keep the Sustainable Sashiko Tutorials and Database, please understand that I manage several tutorials & database websites by myself.


It is not my best intention to share this type of notification. However, please care others when you request for something. “Caring” is the core of Sashiko, and sharing the core culture means a lot to me.


Please be reasonable when you ask for the request.

You may be surprised, but I had received some requests which do not respect my time at all. When I offer a workshop, there is a fee for my time investment. For some reasons, there are people who do not understand that logic.


I will not answer those contacts with just saying:

“Teach me Sashiko”

“Describe what Sashiko is”


Those vague requests cannot be done over the emails. Please read this website and/or Youtube videos before you shoot an email to me.

Also, if you receive a reply from me, regardless of the result if I can help or not, replying with gratitude is the form of care we would like to share through Sashiko. I do not expect everyone to read everything I write. I am happy to repeat the same information as many times as I need. However, please respect the time I invest in.


I have several cases which are “on-hold” because of missing the reply from the “possible customer.”

If you are the one who asked for the “free” information, I believe you are obligated to complete the conversation (the email exchange).


Get back to you regardless, but the priority exist.

I am honored to share the culture of Sashiko, including information and the technique of Sashiko. I am happy to be one to share that. However, because of these disrespectful requests, I would need to “choose” questions to get answered. It is so sad to prioritize the order in answering the question, but it is required to keep the Sustainable Sashiko Tutorials available.


When I am busy, I will answer the questions/requests following the order of:

  1. The Sashiko Supporters on our Patreon Community
  2. Atsushi or Keiko’s Sashiko Workshop Graduates | Online Sashiko Workshop Graduates
  3. Any Customers who had purchased an item(s) from our website.
  4. Any Customers who had purchased our brand items from Etsy or Amazon Store (Please contact me if you do not get the response with your order number. I will remember you better.)


Regardless of this priority, I will answer every question eventually. If you do not get the answers from me in a month, please contact me. There is a possibility that I am too busy to come back to the question.


Sustainable Sashiko Tutorials: Your support will be very much appreciated.


Sashiko was very ordinal to the ordinary Japanese people.

Over the Japanese economic growth after the War, those ordinary people stopped doing Sashiko. It was not economically smart to keep practicing Sashiko.

My goal is to keep Sustainable Sashiko Tutorials and Database so people in 10 years from now, even 100 years from now can enjoy the Sashiko technique and its culture. In order to keep Sustainable Sashiko Tutorials available, your support would be very much appreciated.


As of 2018, I can operate this mission largely depending on my wife’s support.

I can offer great Sashiko workshop because of my friends’ help, who provide me the place and possible business.


When you sympathize what I am trying to do, please consider to support me through Patreon. It is a community (funding website) to support artists. You can support me from $1.00 per month and it will help me to work on more and more.


Any interest in Sashiko will support me and Japanese culture

I set the price of Sashiko thread, supplies and everything else so everyone in the process of production can make some benefit. I respect those who try to protect Japanese traditional crafting, so many of our materials are expensive in comparison to the competitor.

In other words, any kinds of interest in Sashiko, which lead you to purcase an item from me, will support me and the people I respect.


I believe my pricing is competitive.

However, you may find it expensive in comparison. When you feel it is too expensive, please try to read what we try to do with “hand.” We do not have any assembly line. No machines are doing our works. Regardless, I believe it is fairly reasonable. $13.00 for 145-meter Sashiko thread. You may find $3.00 ~ $4.00 Sashiko thread, but its length is probably about 40 meter.

To make Sashiko somewhat profitable.

I have no idea how to do it… to make Sashiko profitable enough to support one’s life.

Again, I can support my life only because my wife works full-time in other job. If I would need to support my family, then Sashiko wouldn’t be the first choice.


However… a great friend of mine who is in a business school (teaching) told me that:

In order to protect the industry such as Sashiko and any other hand-crafting culture, it is crucial to make the craft profitable. When the people learn the crafting can be profitable, then they will start investing more time and money to make it sustainable… I would need to learn about this theory, but this will be my next challenge to make Sashiko profitable.


I do not wholesale our products for online store owner. I do wholesale our thread to someone who resonates my belief in Sashiko & have a storefront to communicate to their customers.


If you are an artist who would like to be part of this “my next adventure: making Sashiko profitable | which equals to be the Sashiko Artist who lives on doing Sashiko” please let me know. I would like to support you as well so we can make “it (Sustainable Sashiko Tutorials and Database)” happen together.


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


mindful Sashiko Importance of ordinary day

Importance of ordinary day | Mindful Sashiko

It has been a long time since my last post, which was about Sashiko Workshop Weekend in NYC. It means it has been a long time since I had done Mindful Sashiko. Although I hoped to update our Sashiko works, review of great Sashiko workshops and coming up projects, I got sick right after the workshop, then my daughter caught the flu, then, of course, I received it from her.


Importance of healthy ordinary day.


My primal job is to be a homemaker in my household.

While my wife goes to work, I prepare the house so everyone can have the healthy and comfortable life. As much as I would like to devote my entire life to Sashiko, putting family first is something I promised to my father (who passed away in 2013.) It is very uncommon for a man to be a (semi) stay-at-home father, and put family first more than his work. I respect all of the homemakers who try their best to keep a household comfortable. It isn’t an easy job as it sounds, especially when a member of the family is sick, it is very hard to see him/her suffer.


Every time I face to the difficulty in terms of health, I realize that I have forgotten how important it is to have a good health.

I decided my life to be a supporter of my daughter, my wife, and my mother: 3 generations of my princesses. It is my ordinary day, and the health is very important for appreciating these ordinary days.



Find yourself. Recommending Mindful Sashiko.


Today was the first day I could have the needle in a while.

I find myself appreciating what I have by making every stitch. I realize myself enjoying mindfulness. In my understanding, there is no such a thing as “Mindful Sashiko” since Sashiko itself is already mindful. Hold the needle (like a Budha posture), and then make stitching with only focusing to make the even stitches. The time becomes peaceful and you will find yourself in meditation mode.


Mindful Sashiko Thread


Enjoying beautiful color of thread.

Feeling comfortable by touching the good weight, nice soft cotton fabric.

If you are lucky, you may smell the scent of Natural Dye.


The core concept of Sashiko: Mottainai (Too good to waste) will bring you the idea of appreciating what you have. It is not only an appreciation for what you have in form of materials but also the appreciation to what we have in the daily basis, family, friends, and society.

My goal is to share the concept of this beautiful life by introducing what Sashiko is.




More projects are coming up. I will keep you updated.


Online Sashiko Workshops.

More Natural Dye Sashiko Thread.

Japan-made beautiful Fabrics.


I have many projects in my mind to share and introduce. Keep you updated by subscribing the newsletter or RSS Feeds.



For Sashiko Workshop Graduates | Follow up

I always get encouraged by all of your voices (feedbacks & reviews) for my Sashiko Workshop. For those who are my Sashiko Workshop Graduates, please make sure that you receive the follow-up e-mails within 7 days after the workshop.

As I mentioned in the workshop, my goal is for you to keep enjoying Sashiko even after the workshop.

My Sashiko Workshop Graduates & the follow-up e-mails.

I usually get the e-mail address of participants throughout my online store when you purchase the seat. However, from time to time, I do not get the correct e-mail address because of typo or hand-writing. (Remember, I am a foreigner… hahaha.)


I send a follow-up e-mail as soon as I get back to home. The process completes within 7 days at most. If you do not receive any e-mail from me, it is either the e-mail address I have is incorrect, or the e-mail got into your junk e-mail box.


If you do not receive the e-mail, please contact me via the contact information on my business card. If you don’t have my business card, simply contact me through this website.


Contact to Atsushi | Upcycle Stitches


I would like to make sure that EVERYONE gets what I would like to share. If you have taken my workshop in the past, and have not received the e-mail at all, please let me know.


Also, if you enjoyed my workshop, please leave your feedback & Review here. It will help me to gather more people in future, and it will help me to come to NYC more often to offer advanced & Intermediate classes.


Help Atsushi by Leaving a Review


Sashiko Workshop Graduates


For those who cannot take my Sashiko workshop


I know. I am so sorry that I do not travel to your city and offer the workshop.

My goal is to travel everywhere in the world to offer the workshop. As of now, for the location & travel time, only NYC is the availability.

If you are part of a large organization, such as quilting group or hand-crafting group, please suggest my workshop to them. I am happy to travel when condition meets.


Also, I am in the process of developing the Sashiko Online Workshop. The actual face-to-face workshop is the ideal, but I would like to offer the option of taking it online without losing the benefit of my workshop.


Keep requesting me so I know where I need to go in future.

As of now, I have areas in my list…

  • Many Major cities in West Coast of USA | WA, OR, and CA.
  • Philadelphia Neighborhood
  • Japan (Yes, interestingly)
  • Portugal
  • Florida


You may subscribe our newsletter to get the latest information. I will definitely let you know when I have the workshop in anywhere in the world.


Thank you so much for your interest in Sashiko.

Because of your passion & loyalty, my mother and I can keep going this appreciative journey with Sashiko.



Sashiko and Boro | Translation from Sashi.Co Article

*This is a translation article from Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya about Sashiko and Boro.


Boro and Sashiko in English


We learned that the word of “Boro” and “Sashiko” are getting popular and popular in English.

For us, who spent most of our life in Sashiko stitching, it is an honorable thing that people oversea found Sashiko interesting. We are happy to learn that Sashiko is inspiring some of the respected cultures like quilting and patchworking. For Boro, we respect each interpretation and transition to each fabric culture. Through various of interpretation, we sincerely hope the culture of “appreciating the fabric” and “Mottainai (too good to waste)” may remain in the future.


The Value of Boro We Define


When we look at a piece of Boro, there is a standard to measure its value: How many layers does the mending part have.

Boro is a result of repeating Sashiko with patching the fabric to the hole (and torn) that the ordinary people experienced in their ordinary life. There is a reason for the damage and holes as the result of friction. The damaged part of the fabric was heavily used in ordinary days. In current society, the knee part of jeans can be one example for that.

Since the part is heavily used, one mending is not the end of the whold process. Boro was(is) always an ongoing project. We believe it was ordinal thing to have the hole after patching the hole. The Japanese kept stitching the damaged part for functional reasons (and with decoration reasons when there is room for it.)


Therefore, the beautiful Boro has several layers, sometime even 4 fabrics of layers, to patch the part.

The fabric became thinner by friction, the faded color, the layers of the fabrics with one-of-a-kind color (which only time can create). The contrast of these precious color make Boro the Art, as the art curator introduce the Boro pieces to the world.



People tried their best to fashion themselves, in the absolute poverty, by collecting the thin fabrics with limited resources. They patched these to brighten their lives, even a bit, with Sashiko.

Boro was born in such a culture. We believe that Boro is a heritage of Sashiko (stitching) in Japanese Ordinary Days


Reviving the Boro over 100 of years.

We try our best to “revive” the Boros.

Old Boros we can find in the antique market & museum is the heritages from the people’s achievement in centuries ago. At the same time, many damaged vintage fabric, let’s call “to be Boro fabric” exist in the market and the ordinary people’s house.

We wash these “To be Boro fabric” then, we follow the original concept of Boro: to use the fabric, therefore we repair it.


Boro is very fragile. It gets easily damaged by friction.

Therefore, the people in 2018 may not use the Boro fabric in actual life. However, by us supposing the purpose of Boro, we believe we can sincerely understand how the people repaired, mend, patched, and did Sashiko on the Boros. It makes our Boros, to authentic traditional Boros.

Even more, simply speaking, the Sashiko with intending to be used in the society, is what we enjoy in Sashiko.


The “finished Boro” from the antique market amuse people. They are stunning beautiful and I understand art-curators call them the art. The Japanese in past made these stunning art in the ordinary life.


Over 100s of years, when we can share the feeling of appreciation of fabric and sort of the idea of “Wabi Sabi” in its beauty, the Sashiko and Boro will be more “usual” in our ordinary life in 2018.



*We wear our Sashiko and Boro Jacket in daily life to create more torn & fade colors so we can do more Sashiko on it. It is a never-ending journey.


References on Sashiko & Boro :

About Sashiko:

About Boro:


Original Article in Japanese is below:


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.