I am happy to announce that we finalize the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic) opportunity in this coming Spring. Sashiko Workshop April 2019, in NYC TriBeCa Neighborhood, is coming available. In comparison to 2018, we will offer less in-person Sashiko workshops in 2019. We have only 10 seats left (as of March 25th) for the Sashiko Workshop April 2019.
It would be great to meet you there in Spring.
In-person | Meet Atsushi and learn from.
The workshop I offer in the weekend of April 13th and 14th is Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic), which I request everyone to go through before any of my offers including the other Sashiko Workshops & Online subscriptions.
Although we started offering the Online Sashiko Class, I still believe the best way to deliver our experience & technique is to have the time together in person. If you live nearby NYC where you may be able to make a small trip, please consider taking this workshop. I had offered more than 20 workshops in 2017 & 2018, and I am confident that I can deliver the “eye-opening” experience in the Sashiko we practice.
Please check the articles below to understand why I keep offering the Sashiko Stitching workshop to share the Sashiko we practice.
We plan to offer 3 time-slots for the same Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic). The exact location will be notified to the participants after the registration.
We try our best to keep the workshop size as small as possible so that everyone will get enough time to talk to Atsushi & reviewed by Atsushi. Everyone has each habit in stitching. Therefore, the personal attention in the in-person workshop is necessary to share the new “muscle memory” to maximize the following Sashiko experience.
Availability of Sashiko Workshop April 2019
April 13th, Saturday, 10 am to around 1:15 pm for 3 hours + α | SOLD OUT. Thank you.
April 13th, Saturday, 2:30 pm to around 5:45 pm for 3 hours + α | ◎
April 14th, Sunday, 2 pm to around 5:15 pm for 3 hours + α | ◎
☆= 1 seat left
★= 2 seats left
◎= Still available
*Please be advised that the price for the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic) may be increased soon due to the increase of the Location Fee. Thanks to the patron in NYC, we had been offering a reasonable workshop fee in Manhattan. Because of the policy change, we will probably need to increase the fee in the future. For the support we have been receiving, please check the article below.
You can also check the other opportunities for Sashiko Workshops by Atsushi & Upcycle Stitches.
Hope to meet you in NYC for the wonderful Sashiko experience.
Videos of introducing the Sashiko Workshop (in Past)
Section.1: Sashiko Lecture about history and wisdom (about 30 minutes duration. Lecture style)
Section.2: Stitching Lecture about the core of Sashiko (about 30 minutes duration. First, watch the video through, then move hands with watching it for the second time.)
Section.3: Sashiko Lecture about how to maximize the Sashiko experience (about
*I have to admit that the video filming and editing isn’t my strength. You will have unlimited access to those videos for a year, and I will keep updating the video as necessary. If you have any questions, please feel free to share so I can improve the videos.
This is the online version of the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic). I still feel it is better to teach in person, but NYC isn’t the best place for everyone. The contents are very similar to the one in NYC.
Some of the topics, such as “how to apply Sashiko stitching to visible mending” or “how to stitch the certain patterns” are not included in this Sashiko Online Class. I have a plan to offer them as a subscription program. When it happens, this Sashiko Online Class (Core and Basic) will be the prerequisite to any of the workshops I offer.
**If it is extremely difficult to join the Online Session, I also understand that. In that case, the participant can send me a video of him/her stitching as I introduced in the workshop. The person has a year to join the Online session or to send me a video for checking. I am afraid but the prerequisite will not be effective until Atsushi actually confirm the stitching the way the participant does.
Materials to learn Sashiko with
Indigo dyed cotton fabric with Asano-ha pattern printed on.
Fabrics to make a tote bag (Lining and Interfacing)
Swatches to practice the needle movement
A skein of Sashiko Thread #12 – White
A package of Sashiko needles (3) and the Thimble
Sashiko Thread Bobbin Paper
A chalk pencil to enforce the pattern
PDF data of extra Japanese Traditional patterns
*If you have purchased the set of Sashiko needle and thimble, I will refund the amount as a store credit so you can purchase something in future or in the same order. Please contact me with the order number (If your purchase was from Amazon store or Etsy store, I will refund the amount after subtracting the fee for Amazon and Etsy). The same rules apply to the PDF data, if you have purchased them before. If you have purchased the #12 thread before, and would like to have the other color, please contact me as well. You may choose the other color from 15 colors collection, or other natural dye sashiko thread with the additional fee.
Support for your learning experience
I will be available for any questions over e-mail. If I cannot answer it over the email, I will make a video to clear your concern.
Unlimited access to the videos to learn Sashiko Online for a year starting from the day you receive the package.
For joining the section.3, One
ticket to the Online Live-style Sashiko gathering to clear up all the questions and confirming what you learned through video.
The preparation requirement on Participant side
Please prepare the items on the list below. The tools and items below are NOT included in the Online Sashiko Class materials.
Fabric Scissor (or good fine scissor to cut the skein of the thread) – You may purchase one from me here.
Thread Clipper (A scissor above would be acceptable, but it is a good idea to have the thread clipper for better result) – You may purchase one from me here (*strongly getting the high end, like above $20).
Scotch Tape – Any tape is fine. We use it to secure the thread together
Threader – I will explain how to thread the needle, but a threader may help for the first few times.
Masking Tape or Vynil Tape to protect your finger nail from scratching.
*Please expect the email describing what kind of preparation we need for the Live-Style Workshop. It isn’t much, but you would need a smartphone (or a PC) and a stand (or a tripod).
A limit numbers for the sign ups
Although the most part of the Sashiko Online Class is done by you watching the recorded videos, I set the limit numbers for the sign-ups for a period of time so I can be fully supportive to the participants.
The Sashiko Online Class completes when the participants join one of the online meetings where Atsushi will confirm the hand-stitching he/she performs & answer questions. Therefore, we would like to keep the numbers as comfortably manageable. The Sashiko Online Class is the hybrid of Video Lectures (on Vimeo) as well as the Live-Style workshop.
Anyone can sign-up for the Sashiko Online Class. If you find the registration page available (in-stock), you are welcomed to purchase your spot. I also have a waiting list for those who supported (waited) me to make this Sashiko Online Class happen. If you don’t mind waiting for them, you will receive a big discount on the workshop. If you do not mind paying the full price of $290.00, and happen to find the spot open, you are welcome to jooin.
If you wish to be on the waiting list and get the discount, please answer the form here, to help us understand your preference. I will send the invitation accordingly.
Videos are strictly for the participants
Please respect these terms and condition of all the Sashiko online class materials. It is, of course, for the copyright we hold for the contents we make. It took so much effort to come up.
I am not only talking about compensation for us. Spreading the videos to the ocean of the Internet is so scary because the video can cause misunderstandings without the proper explanation. I decided to offer the Sashiko Online Class by overcoming the fear of making it on-demand Videos. The reason I could overcome the fear was the trust to the others. Your understanding to my situation would be very much appreciated.
As I mentioned above, the Sashiko online class complete when Atsushi checks the Unshin (運針）and answers all the questions about Sashiko stitching. It is the support and follow-up that makes difference. I learned that the video itself will not teach the core of Sashiko stitching 100%, and it is very important that I will meet you over the Internet.
If this video goes to public, we won’t be able to follow-up all the audiences. People will watch what they want, and they will understand Sashiko as they want. It will not achieve the goal I set for the Sashiko Online Class.
We sincerely appreciate your understandin. Please do not share the passwords to watch the video because those who just watch the video will not receive the follow-up session from me. Someone misunderstanding what I really would like to share by watching the “free” video is the last thing I would like to experience throughout this new challenge.I know the people who read this terms and condition will not do something against our will. However, I want you to be extra careful when you handle the password.
How the Lecture videos Work
By agreeing and paying the fee, I will add you to the Sashiko Online Class mailing list (or a Group-chat App). Your access to the On-Deman videos is valid for a year. Within the year, you can watch the videos of Sashiko Online Class (core & basic) as many time as you need.
I know I am not good at filming the video. Therefore, I plan to update the videos every once a while, and as necessary. Every month, I will send you the new password every month to secure the community. So please make sure that you have your email address available for the Google Group email. The access for the videos can be extended for the extra fee (significantly small fee in comparison to the first registration fee because you know it already.)
The Password will be on the package slit for the first time access. After that, I will update the password by sending the notification via email.
You receive One ticket to join the Online Sashiko gathering, where you can ask any questions. I will also make sure that you learned everything I introduced by checking your hand-posture and stitching. You may receive the 2nd ticket if I find any problems or concerns that need to be resolved. This Online Sashiko gathering will take about 30 minutes to up to 120 minutes, depends on the person’s level of understanding.
Don’t worry. My goal is to help you to master the Sashiko stitching.
*You may purchase the 3rd or 4th ticket to join the Online Sashiko gathering for the extra fee. Please let me know if you are interested. I haven’t come up with the pricing. Ideally, I hope that the videos and one-time live-style workshop are good enough so you won’t need an extra ticket. Watching my live-streaming would be just enough to make sure you are doing appropriately.
Discount Coupon for Sashiko Online Class
I would like to provide some discount for those who have been supporting me and waiting for me to make this Sashiko Online Class happen. I will send you the personal invitation to those who filled the questionnaire regarding Sashiko Online Class in the order of receiving the answers (First-come, first receive the email from me.) In order to be on the list, simply go to the link above and fill out the form. It will express your caring to others who have been waiting for the Online Workshop.
When the time comes, please look for the email from Atsushi (sashikoatsushi @ gmail.com) saying “Sashiko Online Class – Thank you for waiting“. I will mention the coupon code in the invitation email.
Extra discount for being a “Trial” Student.
I provide a bigger discount if you would agree to be a “Trial” Sashiko Online Class student. The trial students will get “everything” as the normal participants do. The only difference is your understanding & a bit of time to help me out in improving the Online Sashiko Class. I am planning to update the video as often as I can, and as necessary as it happens. Your feedback and continuous support would be an asset for me.
The total discount is $139.00. So the actual workshop price will be $151.00 after discount.
*I am releasing this without confirming it is “perfect.” As much as I would like to publish the perfect version, I figured it is better to be on-time rather than being perfect. The Sashiko Online Class will be perfect after receiving your help.
Agreement for the discount.
By choosing the ‘Trial student discount”, we will consider that you agree with the condition below.
After you complete your workshop at your pace, please leave the review on this registration page. (within a year)
I plan to introduce how the workshop can be used for participants. Please provide me some photos that you may take during or after the workshop.
Understand that Atsushi makes mistakes (and probably a lot of typos). So your forgiveness for the errors and allowance for me to fix it.
Spread the words as much as you can.
It isn’t crazy amount to ask, I hope.
Terms and Conditions for Sashiko Online Class
All the participants of the Sashiko Online Class read this article & registration carefully and agree with the contents.
No images or videos is allowed to be shared online or with others unless the person has written permission (email) from Atsushi and Upcycle Stitches LLC.
All contents throughout the Sashiko Online Class is protected by copyright to Upcycle Stitches LLC
All purchase is final, and there is no refund avaialble unless Atsushi made a fatal mistake in his explanation.
Cancel and Refund Policy
Since this workshop includes a lot of materials delivered to you prior to the actual workshop, we do not accept the cancellation and refund after the package is shipped out. The subscription will start the day you receive the package from us.
You may reschedule the Online Sashiko Class “Live Style” to check up your progress, but please respect us and the others who join the workshop on the same day. So please let me know as soon as possible. In extreme case scenario, I will accept the reschedule of the appointment, but please be reasonable for that.
I am afraid to share this, but there is a slight possibility of me canceling the Live Style check up as well (I am still a homemaker for my family). I will let you know as soon as I find out, and I will of course reschedule you to the other time frame.
Your understanding and cooperation would be very much appreciated.
Thanks to many participants who shared their great time with us in Sashiko workshops, the Sashiko workshop by Atsushi Futatsuya obtained good reviews. We intend to continue the Sashiko Workshops in NYC, and here is Sashiko Workshop Schedule 2019.
I have received many requests to come back to NYC to offer another workshop. As I mentioned in 2018, I plan to take it a bit slow in terms workshop so I can spend more time in creating Sashiko items. Although I will not be able to offer the Sashiko Workshops as much as I did in 2018, I hope you can find a spot for you.
As of now, we offer one workshop weekend in Spring, and one workshop weekend in Summer.
Pleasecontact meif you are interested in taking the workshop in NYC, Manhattan Tribeca Area, yet your schedule doesn’t match for the available workshops in 2019. I will add you to the priority email list to let you know the availability before the regular newsletter sent out. The more people contact me, the more likely to offer them more.
Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Basic&Core)
The basic yet the core Sashiko Stitching Workshop. The well-organized, satisfying workshop is available anyone who can be in NYC for the workshop weekend. The only “fair” review is that it is a bit short (180 minutes and plus) workshop. However, you will get everything you need to enjoy Sashiko there & attentive follow-ups.
The workshops below are specifically designed workshopes for the collaborators who support us to have the workshop. The participants will get everything from the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Basic&Core), and in addition, the workshop participants will get more contents based on what I am collaborating to. The examples of extra contents are “How to transfer the pattern to the fabric” and/or “Sashiko Mending Basic”.
@ Purl Soho NYC | with small practice of preparing the pattern.
July 22nd, Sunday, 9:45 pm to 12:45 pm for 3 hours | Great success! Thank you.
(Open to Enrollment)
Please wait for the update.
Online Sashiko Workshop (In Progress)
For those who cannot travel to NYC,Online Sashiko Workshopis a possibility. Please fulfill the form to inform us about the preferences. The more preference we have, the easier it is to offer the Online Workshop.
As you know, Sashiko has been a big part of my life. I was born in a Sashiko family, and I grew up surrounded by Sashiko artisans and their Sashiko.
Once, I thought Sashiko wouldn’t be necessary in 20XX. In my youth, the technology and innovation attracted me and Sashiko was merely a burden to me. After several years of focusing on mindfulness, I realize that I would like to pass down Sashiko to the next generation, to the day in 20XX.
Sashiko is a form of stitching developed in Japan. There are many reasons why the Japanese had developed this stitching customs, and the reasons illustrate what the Japanese culture is like pretty well. Therefore, I would like to share not only the stitching techniques but also the “mindset” behind the Sashiko culture.
I believe, our Sashiko workshop (especially Sashiko Stitching Workshop – Core & Basic) is the best place to do so. The participant will receive a whole package of what we would like to pass down.
No more Judging.
My goal is to stop judging myself throughout Sashiko. I hope, so is yours.
Being good at Sashiko isn’t that difficult. Sashiko is a form of stitching after all. However, we believe Sashiko is more than just mere stitching. It is the wisdom (pride and courage) from the Japanese who survived in the severe winter. 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.
Most importantly, our goal for you is to share how fun & enjoyable Sashiko can be. Sometimes, Sashiko can be too addictive.
In 2017 and 2018, I have taught Sashiko to over 100 participants to the Sashiko Workshop. Although I always get nervous before the workshop, I have a confident that everyone can have the eye-opening experience in our Sashiko Workshops.
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.
Sashiko Workshop Schedule 2019 | Help us to have more workshops in NYC.
Since the instructor Atsushi is located in the central PA, about 4 hours of driving away from NYC, we cannot offer the workshops as often as we would like to do. In addition, Atsushi’s main role, continuously in 2019, is to be a homemaker father (cooking, cleaning and such).
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 (from the top page) with checking “Yes” to the workshop notification.
You can also email me here to let me know you are very much interested. I have a separate email list to send out the workshop specific date before writing the main newsletter.
We are looking forward to meeting you & hearing from you!
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.
*For driving, the standard mileage rate for the year will be applied as the expense for me to drive to your location: our location (Zip: 17837), and it is about $250.00 for a round trip to NYC Manhattan including Toll fee and such.
*If the traveling requires more than 3 hours of driving, and the workshop starts in before noon, I strongly prefer to be on location a night before. I do not mind being stuck in the traffic on the way home, but it is very sad to miss the workshop because of the bad traffic.
*This pricing is based on the condition that Upcycle Stitches LLC can have a trunk sale of Sashiko supplies and art after the workshop at the workshop location. Please let me know if you would like to collect the fee for the trunk sale. Depends on the percentage of the commission, the pricing for the workshop will vary.
Case 1 | 2 of regular Sashiko Workshop
For regular Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic), I have a workshop size preference.
Workshops in a day: Up to 1 times | The 2nd workshop may be available at night.
If 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.
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 at a 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 range of $150.00 ~ $400.00 (per participant) including the materials, depending on your request. The reason for the price range is simple. If you are visiting as a group, the pricing per participant will go lower.
Also, I am open to discussion. For the workshop in Lewisburg, I am pretty flexible.
*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. Another possibility is to have the workshop in our house (when condition allows). I am open to any suggestion & possibility.
*The workshop is designed to share to a group of 4 to 8 participants. When you are taking the workshop alone, I may work on my own Sashiko project in the 3-hours workshop for the reasonable pricing. It is better for both of us because you wouldn’t want me to keep watching your stitching 3 hours, non-stop, continuously. I promise I will deliver the same experience as the workshop in a group.
*When we confirm the date and time of the Sashiko workshop in Lewisburg, we may advertise the workshop to the general public to maximize the opportunity. We will try to limit a maximum of 4 participants. Also, please be advised that the fee per participant will not go lower than $150.00.
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.
Please read the registration description & terms very carefully. It is a big deal for me to offer the Sashiko Class online, without confirming how you are feeling. I would like to make everyone happy (as much as I can). So, please read them & ask me questions in advance to avoid any unfortunate misunderstanding.
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
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.