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.


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.

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.



Happy Sashiko New Year

A Happy Sashiko New Year of 2018 | Sashiko Updates

A Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be another Happy Sashiko New Year for you.

We started the business activity of Upcycle Stitches in 2017. It was the eventful year to introduce what we do; Sashiko. We sincerely hope that the year of 2018 will be the year of enriching the contents of our website, online tutorials, and shopping opportunities. Your feedback, requests, and questions are always welcome. They motivate me to do more.


Here are some updates on the last day of 2017 & the first day of 2018.

Workshop Updates! Happening Soon. Don’t miss it.


Our Sashiko Workshop in NYC is coming up soon. It is on January 13th & 14th.

We can offer workshops only a few times a year. For this time, we got lucky to be able to offer the workshops so close to the previous workshop. Please consider to join this rare opportunity to learn Sashiko essentials from Sashiko expert. It can be a great gift for someone & yourself to start the year of 2018 with Sashiko.

Register & Purchase your seat here.


A few simple website for easy understanding & Smartphone

We are working on explaining & introducing what Sashiko & Boro are throughout our website as well as Youtube Channel. 

As one of our promotions, we created a few single-page website for easy reading on Smartphones.


Boro Studio:


Sashiko Workshop:


Sashiko Lab:

Sashiko Tutorial


Happy New Year Sale on Etsy

We intend to keep listing our “one-of-a-kind” products in our Etsy Store.

As the sign of appreciation for 2017 & excitement for Happy Sashiko New Year 2018, we run a sale promotion of 10% off for our Sashiko Fabric products. As you may know, we rarely have a discount on our products. Don’t miss this opportunity!



First Give Away Challange.

At last, we started a trial version of our “First Give Away” challenge on Facebook Page.

On our Facebook Page, you would simply need to “share” the assigned post & mention your friend name who may be interested in Sashiko. When your friend like our Upcycle Stitches FB page, you & your friends will be qualified in a drawing on 1/19. 1 skein of Sashiko Thread (Original White or Bright White)” which is $15.00 value with shipping, will be given away!



An exciting Happy Sashiko New Year

We will keep introducing Sashko & Planning a lot of fun & enjoyable activities. Get involved to our Sashiko community & enjoy Sashiko in 2018!


A Happy New Year!

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!



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NYC Sashiko Workshop Schedule 2018

The Sashiko Workshops in Tribeca (in 2017) was a great success. I have received so many positive reviews, and I get so many requests to come back to Tribeca to offer another workshop. I’ve been talking to a great partner when would be a possible time to offer the next Sashiko Workshops. Here is a Sashiko Workshop Schedule 2018 in New York City.


A whole view of Sashiko Workshop Schedule 2018

Please register yourself for the workshops in 2018.

As of now, we are thinking to offer one workshop weekend in Spring, and one workshop weekend in Summer. I will most likely offer it in July or August, and possibly offer them in April depends on the needs. Please contact me if you are interested in taking the workshop in NYC, Manhattan Tribeca Area, in April. The more people contact me, the more likely to offer them in April, too.


Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Basic&Core)


Hitomezashi Sashiko Workshop (Advanced)

*Prerequisite: Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Basic&Core)

  • January 14th, Sunday, 2 p to 5 pm | 3 hours | Great success! Thank you.



So much Passion. So Grateful to offer the Workshop.


As you know, Sashiko has been part of my life.

It is so interesting to receive so much passion Sashiko. The Sashiko arts we create are getting popular, and I am so happy that the people would like to learn our technique and culture. Over the Sashiko Workshops in Tribeca, November 2017, we had a TV crew to film a short introduction of Sashiko in the United States. Atsushi will be on TV.

Be part of our Sashiko group (before Atsushi gets so busy… just kidding) by checking the Sashiko Workshop Schedule 2018.


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Always, the goal is to share the fun of Sashiko


Regardless of the popularity of our Sashiko art or Sashiko culture, the goal is always the same. “We would like to share the fun culture of Sashiko.”

In order to introduce what Sashiko is, we offer the free Youtube Video as well as the articles on this website. However, in order to “feel” the fun of Sashiko, participating the workshop is the best way.

Every time, we get more confident that what we offer can satisfy anyone who is interested in Sashiko, even for those who have some Sashiko experience already. There is no such a thing as “right” or “wrong” in Sashiko. However, there is techniques we developed over time to make it more beautiful, easy, and after all enjoyable.

Please consider our workshop as an opportunity to enjoy Sashiko more.

If you don’t know anything about Sashiko, it is the great way to start. If you already know about Sashiko, then it is a great way to add the technique and knowledge to your art-work.


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We had had more than 20 workshops in the previous year, with almost 100 people participated.

There are no negative reviews in our brief “after workshop questioner”. We are getting confident in what we do!!


Sashiko Workshop Schedule 2018 | Let us plan more

Since the instructor Atsushi is located in the central PA, where is about 4 hours of driving away from NYC,  we cannot offer the workshops every weekend (We wish we could!). In addition, Atsushi’s main role, for now, is to be a stay-at-home father. Realistically speaking, offering Sashiko Workshops 3 ~ 4 times a year is a reasonable amount to plan the schedule.


However, we are willing to offer as many workshops as possible. Even more than 4 times per year if there is a need.

In order to do so, we need a certain amount of participant in the workshops. We would like to know how many people in the East Coast are willing to join the Sashiko Workshops. Please share your passion by posting comments here and/or registering yourself to our mailing list with checking “Yes” to the workshop notification.


We are looking forward to meeting you!


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Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements Part.1

Since I started Sashiko Workshop in 2016, I have shared my Sashiko expertise with more than 50 people. Thanks to good friends of mine, I can keep continuing this journey. One of the graduates shared her Sashiko works after the workshops. These are the photos of “Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements”! You can expect to learn enough skills to do the similar work after taking our Sashiko workshops.


We still have a few seats available in coming-up workshops next weekend in NYC. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to start the beautiful upcycling work, Sashiko.


Sashiko Stitching Workshop:

Still Available on

  • Saturday 11/11, 10 am to 1 pm.
  • Sunday 11/12, 2 pm to 5 pm

You can learn how to make good Sashiko stitches with appropriate tools and techniques. This is a basic, yet fundamental and core, workshop to get better in stitching. Even if you have some experience in Sashiko stitching, this may be beneficial workshop if you aren’t 100 % comfortable in using the unique Sashiko tools such as long needles and a round shape Sashiko thimble. The appropriate understanding of “how to use tools” will increase your productivity of your Sashiko, and result in the better Sashiko stitching.


Sashiko Mending Gathering:

Still Available on

  • Sunday 11/12, 10 am to 1 pm

This is another rare opportunity to have “EVERYTHING” you ever need to enjoy hand-made Sashiko Mending to your own garment.

Atsushi will provide the necessary informative presentation and his collection of Sashiko fabric, thread, tools, and ideas. Bring your own garment and enjoy the 3 hours of intensive Sashiko Mending.


I want your “Sashiko Workshop Graduate Achievements”


Take a look at the beautiful and unique pieces he accomplished.

Boro-ish and vintage fabric patches on Jacket, Shoes, and Jeans. She is happy that her work got so productive and accurate. Join our Sashiko circle and enjoy your own project. It is all about appreciating what we have and upcycling your favorite garment and then enjoy the beautiful result.


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Sashiko Mending Gathering | Upcycle What you Love

The Sashiko mending workshop I had offered in past was a great success. I have received great numbers of positive reviews with satisfaction. The voices from participants encouraged me to offer it again, but this time, something a bit different. We name it “Sashiko Mending Gathering”. (Click Link to purchase the ticket). Let’s get together and learn how Sashiko Artist, Atsushi, creates one-of-a-kind denim.


Sashiko Mending Gathering


Details of Sashiko Mending Gathering

Here is a detail of Sashiko mending gathering.

We gather in a private space located in Manhattan’s Tribeca Neighborhood and enjoy mending, stitching, repairing, decorating and whatever doing to your own favorite cloth.


Time: Sunday November 12th | 10 am to 1 pm

Location: Tribeca in NYC | The specific address will be notified to the participants.


  • $95 for new participants.
  • $68 for those who have taken Atsushi’s Basic Sashiko Stitching Workshop. If you plan to take it over the same weekend, you can get this ticket. Please bring the needles and thimble you have received in the previous workshop, or you could purchase them on the site.


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Easy-going, Fun-focused, yet informative Sashiko gathering


3 hours of mending, repairing, stitching, designing and small presentations of Sashiko tips. Some private instructions from Atsushi are also available. Learn the history of Sashiko mending Practice on denim and indigo fabric provided by Atsushi.

Please bring your own materials to work on, patch on, or mend with.If you prefer working on just stitching, I will have some materials to work on for purchase.


The gathering comes with:

  • Approximately $20 value of authentic Sashiko stitched fabric. You will choose the appropriate size of patching (7-inch x 6 inches) in the workshop so you can start mending before preparing the Sashiko fabrics. If you prefer a blank fabric with a pattern on, it is possible to get them, too.
  • A small presentation to “how to prepare the Sashiko fabric” with tools and materials included.
    • The other small presentations will be about:
      • transfer the patterns
      • use needles and thimble
      • practice the Sashiko running stitch
      • choose the right sashiko fabric for the mending
  • A set of small swatches of Indigo dye fabric and Japanese denim fabric.
  • An opportunity to choose and use special Sashiko thread from Atsushi’s collection.
  • Boro, Sashiko, and other mended samples are available to inspire you. Some of them are available for purchase, too.
  • Threads, needles, thimbles, and other Sashiko related materials are for sale at a special price.
  • Follow up with you by email on your project if you don’t finish during the class
  • A selection of free Sashiko patterns


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*Minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 10 participants.

*Refund Policy: Attendees can receive refunds up to 14 days before your event start date. The ticket is transferable to someone for the purchase date and time, but not transferable to the other date and time after the refunds policy ends.


What to expect to the gathering:

Sashiko Mending Gathering is a fun and enjoyable time. It isn’t as structured as the other workshop I offer and you will work on your own project after Atsushi’s brief presentation. It is like an “Independent Study.” However, it will be informative gathering since Atsushi will be available for you to get you informed. (If you have attended Atsushi’s workshop, you know that he doesn’t stop talking even if you want him to.)

(If you have attended Atsushi’s workshop, you know that he doesn’t stop talking even if you want him to.)




What is the difference from the other Sashiko Workshops Atsushi offers?

Basic Sashiko Stitching Workshop (SSW) is the core Sashiko workshop Atsushi offer. If you are interested in Sashiko stitching, you need to take this workshop. In 3 hours of move-your-own-hand workshop, the participants learn how to use unique equipment such as long needles and a round shaped thimble.

The SSW is so important to learn Sashiko. Therefore I need to structure the workshop strictly enough so that every participant get the core of Sashiko. Therefore, the maximum participants are always limited to 6, and the SSW is a prerequisite to many of my workshops.


I designed Sashiko Mending Workshop (SMW) to meet the market demand for “Sashiko Mending” and therefore it was a pretty intensive workshop. My goal through SMW was to provide all the necessary information for participants to perform the mending at home, with Sashiko Stitching and Preparing Sashiko project by yourself. Because of its volume, we needed to cover the materials without talking into depth.

In 3 hours of SMW, we covered the presentation teaching how to…

  • prepare the fabric appropriately
  • transfer the patterns
  • use needles and thimble
  • practice the Sashiko running stitch
  • choose the right sashiko fabric for the mending
  • actual mending with some hand-stitching techniques
  • Mending itself

As you can imagine, in order to make these happen in 3 hours, I only can cover these materials briefly.

I still believe that SMW is a great workshop for many people, especially who wants to learn both Sashiko and mending simultaneously. I may offer them in the future again, but this time, I would like to focus on “enjoying” the mending with hints from Sashiko technique and culture.




Sashiko and Contemporary cloth mending

“Do people need our strict Sashiko stitching methods in mending?”

Interestingly, the answer is No.

Yes, our Sashiko stitching methods will be beneficial to know when you prepare the Sashiko stitched fabric or perform Sashiko stitching on the cloth directly. However, when he/she repair a hole on the jeans, I sometimes do not use the technique I teach in the workshop.


There is another challange to make “mending” as the structured workshop.

After going through the explanation and demonstration of “how to”, it becomes a sort of “independent study” because the participants work on their own clothes. Sashiko Mending Gathering is created for those who wanted to jump on their own mending project instead of learning the mending process I do.


Sashiko Mending Gathering is not as organized as the Sashiko Mending Workshop. I will spend the small time to “teach” you “how to”, which I usually offer in SMW. You will have a chance to learn (&see) how to use the thimble and needle correctly, too. I just do not “teach” you how to do that.

You will also have me to answer any kinds of questions regarding Sashiko and mending.

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Let’s share the passion with new friends.


It is always a good surprise when I meet a group of people who share the same interest.

Repairing your own cloth is a very fun process. It will not only create the beautiful “One-of-a-kind” art piece you wear every day, but it also adds the value to the cloth with appreciation. The more I put stitching on my denim jeans, the more I love it to wear.


I hope you can join this opportunity to share your beautiful idea and lovely Sashiko project.

2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop

2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop | Tribeca Area in NYC

Yes! Here is the latest information about upcoming 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop.

We are happy to announce that we offer another Sashiko workshops in Lower Manhattan right before the holidays start.

This time, thanks to a good friend of mine, we will offer the Sashiko workshops in a private space in very convenient location, Tribeca Neighborhood. The detailed location and the exact address will be notified to the ticket holders. Please do not forget to register your seat!


Come to see Atsushi in 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop


As of now, we have Sashiko Stitching Workshop available on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Saturday on 11th of November | 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Sunday on 12th of November | 2 pm to 5 pm

The workshop is “Basic Sashiko Stitching Workshop”. This is a basic and standard workshop Atsushi provide for people who had not tried Sashiko in our (Hida) method. Not only the basic workshop is the prerequisite to most of Atsushi’s workshop, but it is also an eye-opening workshop for stitchers who have been wondering how to use a Sashiko long needle and a round shaped thimble.


Atsushi will demonstrate how to do it, teach you the tricks and techniques, and will stand & sit next to you to motivate you to learn how to use them. Unless you decide to give up, Atsushi will not give up teaching our Sashiko method. Even if you do not practice Sashiko for now, we believe our method will be very beneficial for hand-stitching lovers since it will speed up the stitching speed and improve the accuracy of stitches.


If you are interested or have been wondering what is the “appropriate” way to use long needle and thimble, or wishing to make your Sashiko more speedy and beautiful to complete a pile of your ideas, this is a great opportunity to get close to Sashiko. I am so happy to share what I have established.


Beuatifu Photo of previous 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop
A photo from the previous workshop. I will bring this Boro Master Piece Jacket to the workshop.



Workshop will be full of Sashiko contents



The workshop is for 3 hours. 30 minute of a brief explanation of what Sashiko is and rest of time of practicing the Sashiko stitching with unlimited questions regarding Sashiko. Some Sashiko artworks by Atsushi & Keiko (Sashi.Co) and Boro pieces are going to be displayed for you to touch, enjoy and wear. Everything I display there will be available for purchase. In addition, Sashiko thread and other Sashiko tools will be available for sale with the special price for the workshop participants.


All you need to bring is yourself.

Sashiko materials such as Sashiko thread, fabric, needles and a thimble are included to the fee. In addition to these materials you can bring back with you after the workshops, we prepare some tools such as thread clippers for you to use in the workshops (Also available for purchase). Of course, you can bring your own sewing tools, but that is not necessary.

Also, there is no requirement for any experiences in Sashiko stitching. If you don’t know what Sashiko is, don’ worry! If you already in love with Sashiko, come show your love and learn something new.


A list of things you can expect to receive in the workshop.


  • – Sashiko needles
  • – Sashiko thimble
  • – Skein of white sashiko thread (approx. 145 meters)
  • – Sashiko Thread Bobbin Paper
  • – Indigo fabric with Asano-ha patterns printed on
  • – Interfacing and Cotton Poplin fabric for tailoring the project at home
  • – PDF data of extra Japanese Traditional Sashiko Patterns
  • – Access to Atsushi by e-mail with questions regarding the workshop and follow-up

This kit has large enough fabric and material to make a tote bag, placemats, or several coasters after completing the Sashiko stitching.

*Refund Policy: Attendees can receive refunds up to 30 days before your event start date. The ticket is transferable to someone for the purchase date and time, but not transferable to the other date and time after the refunds policy ends.

*Additional sashiko tools, including hand-dyed sashiko threads, needles and skeins are available for purchase during & after the workshop.


Register your seat for 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop provided by Atsushi & Upcycle Stitches LLC and enjoy Sashiko in cold winter! We believe the workshop will be inspiring opportunities for many craft lover and Sashiko fans.


2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop
A sample Jacket of Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya (This may not be displayed in the 2017 Fall Sashiko Workshop.)