QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshops

QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshop & Lecture Announcement

It is my sincere pleasure to announce that I will be attending again the QuiltCon as a faculty. Sashiko Workshop “Core & Essence” and Sashiko Lecture about “Cultural Sustainabiulity” will be offered as a part of QuiltCon 2023 in Atlanta, Geogia between February 23th to 26th (https://www.quiltcon.com/).

It has been my dream to offer a lecture about the Sashiko we have been practice. This will be my first time to speak in front of a big audience in a lecture format. All of the lectures I have done is in either small group (like classroom sized) or online. I am very much excited to share the Sashiko we are so passionate about.

Thanks to many positive feedbacks from the previous Quiltcons, I received the fortunate to continue offering the “Core & Essence” workshop. In this blog, I will explain what is the contents for the workshop & lecture in QuiltCon 2023. Sashiko Workshop “Application & Practice”, which I had offered in QuiltCon 2022, will not be offered in QuiltCon 2023 because of a complicated requirement to take (some prerequisite to fully enjoy the workshop). I am developing the Online Version of this workshop, so please wait for an update.

*The Registration for the Quilcton 2023 opened for MQG members on August 16, 2022. For General Registration, the registration will be opened on September 9th. To get detail information & description about the workshop on interactive catalogue, please search the class by my name “Atsushi” or “Sashiko“. I do not offer Boro workshop or lecture.

*I learned that the workshop has been SOLD OUT on the day of opening the registrartion (Thank you!!). From my previous experience in QuiltCon, many people change their plans from August to the actual QuiltCon in Feb. Please do not give up & keep your name in the Waitlist just in case it may open for you. Unfortunately, I do not have any control on the registration process. Please join the Waitlist & contact QuiltCon Administration if you have any specific questions & request.

*Lecture should be available without worrying about the case of “SOLD OUT”. However, the early registration would be very much appreciated for the estaimation.

*Please check our [Special Webpage] for those who registered the Core & Essence Workshop. You can find all the information you need to know to maximize the Sashiko Workshop.

QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshop and Lecture

Sashiko Workshop: Core and Essence

In 6 hours of the workshop, I want you to learn the Core & Essence of Sashiko Stitching. I will go over a history, terminology, and the technique of how to use unique tools with one of the core essences of Sashiko – Unshin (運針).

This is a learning opportunity rather than a “Let’s enjoy sashiko together” workshop. Therefore, participants may go through some challenging process to learn something new. In 6 hours of intensive stitching practice, you will be able to achieve the Unshin that you may have seen on Youtube.

Sashiko isn’t about making one perfect stitch. It isn’t also about embracing the inperfection. It is about communicating to the fabric by moving your needle at your own “rhythm”. This is the workshop of Sashiko’s Core & Essence.

While your practice, I will share many Sashiko Stories. Sashiko is more than just a technique (I will of course teach you techniques to make stitches even & beautiful).

With following some of my SNS Sashiko Stories and Youtube, this will be a memorable & eye-opening experience for you.

This workshop is the must workshop to continue learning from Atsushi & Upcycle Stitches. It is mostly the same contents to the other In-person Workshops (6 hours length) as well as the Online Sashiko Class. If you have taken the other In-person Workshops or Online Sashiko Class, you do NOT need to take this class again. Of course, it is your choice to repeat the same class & enjoy In-person experience, but please be advised that the contents will be very similar. If you would like to have the refresh of the workshop to take other workshops, please contact Atsushi with the email address you have taken the first class. I can offer some support.

Sashiko Lecture: Cultural Sustainablity

This is my first time to offer a Lecture in a conference room setting. I have been sharing many Sashiko Stories on Instagram. You can find my actual voice & message on Youtube. The long & private stories are availalble on Patreon. I have done several Sashiko “Webinars” online. Yes, I have many messages to share: and it is an honor to be able to present my message in the QuiltCon 2023.

The title of the Lecture is “Cultural Sustainability”. This may sounds a bit scary, or even intimidating to some of those who are actively enjoying Sashiko now. You/They may wonder if Atsushi may criticize those who are enjoying Sashiko now from cultural perspective especially because Atsushi has been saying [Sashiko introduced in English is NOT wrong, but insufficient] in 2022.

As I keep sharing the story, this “insufficient” is simply “not enough”. I do not use the word “insufficient” as “wrong” or “doing something wrong”. Since not many “Native Japanese” have shared the stories of Sashiko, it is of course not sufficiently explained. Unfortunately, when the stories are not shared from the cultural origin, the culture may be “repainted” – changed to completely different color. That is what I would like to stop. Since they are some who try to change the culture intentionally for their profit and convenience, I would like to ask the active members of Quilting Culture to help us to preserve the Sashiko Culture – by simply “acknowleding” it.

I promise I will NOT criticize the Online Sashiko Trend. I just would like to explain the situation objectively so that I can try to preserve “the Japanese Sashiko Culture” – not only my own Sashiko practice.

*I share my own Sashiko Practice in the “Core & Essence” Workshop.

I will bring some samles to share on Stage: and if time allows, you can touch them as well. I hope you can make time to visit me for the Lecture.

*The lecture will be prepared for QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshops & lectures. However, Some of the Stories may (and should) overrap the stories I share in The Core & Essence Workshop.

I will see you there in Atlanta.

I have workshops from morning to the evening on Thursday & Friday. I have a morning lecture on Saturday. After the workshop & lecture, each day, I plan to enjoy the Quilt Exhibition in the main area. You may be surprized… but I am quite shy. So if you see me walking & enjoying the quilts, please say “Hi” to me. Unless I am running to the workshop/lecture, I will be happy to share our Sashiko with you there.

QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshop Details

It is my pleasure to join the QuiltCon 2023 as a Faculty. It has been difficult years, and with all the effort of many kind & passionate people in Modern Quilt Guild (MQG), I am very happy that I can be part of this great event. This page is for those who plan to attend QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshop, “Core & Essence”. Please find the details below to see what you can expect in QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshop.

*If you do not have a registration confirmation to join the QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshop, please contact MQG for the possible waiting list. In QuiltCon 2022, there were a few last minutes cancellation, and there may be a chance for you to join this year. Also, I offer Online Sashiko Class as well as a few In-person Workshops for 2022. Please check each articles for the details. Thank you.

In QuiltCon 2023, I offer 1 Sashiko Workshop “Core & Essence” and 1 Sashiko Lecture about “Cultural Sustainability”. In this page, I explain what you can expect to join the Core & Essence Sashiko Workshop in QuiltCon. There aren’t many preparation request. However, please read this article carefully to maximize your experience there.

QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshop: Core & Essence

In our tradition, Sashiko is NOT about making perfect (or Inperfect) stitches. It is all about moving (trusting) a needle comfortably while communicating the fabric. Unfortunately, the current trend of Sashiko is missing the most important part of Sashiko. In this “Core & Essence” workshop, I will teach you the core technique of our Sashiko so that you can start focusing on communication rather than judging each stitches you make.

It is extremely important to take this workshop before jumping in to any of the workshops I & Upcycle Stitches offer. There are a few Japanese terms that the participants need to memorize (not so many & no exams or whatsoever, but knowing them is important).

On Instagram and Facebook, I often say: Sashiko is NOT ◯◯. This workshop “Core & Essence” will give you the answer what Sashiko is for you while you learning new techniques.


*This workshop is not a type of “Let’s Enjoy Sashiko Togeher” workshop. It is one-direction learning experience for you. The participants are required to stitch a lot. They may have to go through some “uncomfortable” stitching experience (due to new muscles they use). Sometimes, it may require some mindfulness in an eye-opening experience. Please do not be scared or worried, however. I will do everything to help you to “experience” and “start enjoying” the Sashiko we practice today.

*There is NO prerequisite for this workshop. No experience in Sashiko is necessary. If you have never touched the hand-stitching needle, please try to learn how to “thread” the needle, or how to use the threader (videos are available on my Youtube). On the other hands, if you think you already know about Sashiko, please try to be as open-mind as possible. What I teach in this workshop is probably different from what you already know. There is no such a thing as “Right and Wrong” in Sashiko: and I will add another perspective of Sashiko in this workshop.

Please purchase the special package for QuiltCon Sashiko: Core & Essence below.

It is extremely important that everyone has the exact same materials & tools to pass down the Core & Essence within 6~8 hours. Please purchase the special package below before the QuiltCon 2023.

What to bring to Sashiko: Core & Essence.

The Special Package above is all you need to enjoy the Sashiko: Core & Essence. If you choose to receive it to your home, please bring all of the contents inside.

The following list is something maybe helpful for you to bring & prepare:

  • Masking Tape or Bandage to protect the nail from scratching by needles.
  • It may a good idea to cut the nail on the dominant hand (the hand with the needle). One can learn Sashiko with long nails, but it may be an obstacles in the first trial.

How about another workshop, Application & Practice?

In QuiltCon 2022 (in Phoenix), I had offered the follow-up Sashiko Workshop “Application & Practice”. I believe it was a great success & I have received many positive feedback. However, in this QuiltCon, I will focus on the new challenge of offering the lecture. We do NOT offer “Application & Practice” workshop for this year.

“Application & Practice” has a prerequisite from any form of “Core & Essence” Sashiko Workshops I offer (Online & In-person). I believe it was a bit confusing to ask for “prerequisite” in such a big event. It doesn’t mean that the workshop itself wasn’t enjoyable. Due to many request, I am working on the Online Version of “Application & Practice” workshop. It still require the “Core & Essence” as prerequisite. Please consider taking the Online Version of Application & Practice when it is ready! (or you can ask QuiltCon to have me for that as well!). If you are interested, please find this webpage to learn the difference between “Core & Essence (C/E)” and “Application & Practice (A&P)”

*”A&P” is type of the workshop of “Let’s enjoy Sashiko Together” with following my specific guidance, including Hitomezashi and Mending Ideas.

*The Previous Knowlege of our Unshin (Core & Essence) is prerequisite for this Workshop. Any of Atsushi’s Full-Time (more than 3 hours) workshops graduates are qualified. If you have taken the In-person workshop with Atsushi before 2019, which was longer than 3 hours, you are most likely qualified. If you take the Sashiko Mastery Class in QuiltCon 2020 or taking the Sashiko: Core & Essence in QuiltCon 2022 & 2023, or have taken the Online Sashiko Class, you are qualified. If you aren’t sure, please contact me so that I can check the status. This prerequisite is extremely important to make this workshop enjoyable for you. I appreciate your understanding.


About Recommended Tools for our Sashiko

The Special Supply Package for the [Core & Essence] Workshop includes everything the participants need in the workshop. There is no need to prepare thread, needle, thimble or fabric for learning Sashiko in this workshop. In order to avoid unfortunate misunderstanding, I require everyone to use the exact same tools & supply.


That being said, there are a few recommended tools for Sashiko, which is NOT necessary yet very useful when you wish to continue Sashiko stitching. You can find another article here for Recommended Tools.

Thread Clipper

Threaders & Finger Cots

Bobbin Paper

Mylar Paper & Carbon Paper

General Information for the Recommended Tools & Supplies for Sashiko Stitching

I am here to Support

If you have any questions about QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshop “Core & Essence”, please contact Atsushi. I am happy to answer any questions or worries prior to the workshop. Your question may be someone’s question, and I will share the question and answers here on this website (of course, annonymously).

I am looking forward to meeting you in Atlanta, GA.

QuiltCon 2023 Sashiko Workshop


Q&A for the QuilCon 2023 Sashiko

Q: (Sample) What is Sashiko?

A: (Sample) You will find out in the workshop!

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Monthly Sashiko Gathering in English

My dream has come true! I am very happy to announce this trial of “Monthly Sashiko Gathering in English”, starting September 2022. One of my dream in sharing the Sashiko Stories is to create a “place” for anyone to feel “being belonged”: “Ibasho (居場所)” as I name it after Japanese word (which has more meaning than a place to be – but the closest one). Weekly Sashiko Live Streaming on Youtube has become a great Ibasho for me as well as many Sashiko friends across the world. However, the Live Streaming tend to be one-direction communication: I talk, the audience reply in the comment section. It is great, but the best place to make it “Place to be”. So, I tried to arrange occasional gathering here and there… but it has been very challenging to keep offering due to my financial & time restriction. After sharing our Sashiko to a Japanese who lives in San Francisco Bay Area, Maiko-san, we are finally offering this monthly Sashiko Gathering where anyone can join.

*Anyone can join for free of charge. However, there are some rules to make this place safe & comforatble. Please read the agreement carefully on the registration page.

Maiko’s Dream through Monthly Sashiko Gathering

Maiko has a dream to be a bridge of Japaneseculture and other cultures (in English). It isn’t really only about translating the voices: it is more like “sharing” the experience. In order to fully understand the Japanese culture, I believe the fluent Japanese language skill is necessary. However, it is not fair to ask everyone to be fluent in Japanese to “appreciate” the Japanese culture. So, Maiko’s dream and my dream met there. We sincerely hope that Sashiko will be a medium to encourage Japanese to learn English, and English speakers to talk to the Japanese people in sharing the same passion: Sashiko.

Maiko is in charge of the gathering. I will be just an assistant. Alghouth it has been challenging for us to set up the best comfortable time to join (especially those in Europe time-zone), I hope you can join one gathering at some point. We plan to offer 2 kinds of Sashiko Gathering. Please read the description carefully, and register it on Maiko’s website.


Monthly Sashiko Gathering (Stitch, Chat and Learn)

Register at https://prumstudio.com/group1-stitchchatlearn

This is a monthly discussion group open to anyone who is INTERESTED IN JAPANESE CULTURE AND LOVES SASHIKO. Our discussion will revolve around the topic presented by the facilitator of the meeting.

In our online meeting, we will share thoughts and deepen our understanding of Japan and its culture while individually working on our own sashiko projects.

There is no fee to attend this meeting but registration is required.

  • The language used in this group is ENGLISH.
  • This is a friendly discussion group and NOT a place to learn sashiko skills OR do show-and-tell of your projects.
  • Atsushi may not be present in this gathering. Maiko will be always there to facilitate the gathering.

Schedule:

  • Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 at 10.30 pm (EDT)

Sashiko Idobatakai in English

Register at https://prumstudio.com/group2-idobatakaieng

This is a monthly, PRIVATE discussion group for Atsushi Futatsuya’s current and/or past students and his active Patreon supporters.

There is no fee to attend this meeting but registration is required.

It’s an online group to share thoughts and deepen our understanding of sashiko as well as Japan and its culture while doing sashiko (unshin) together.

  • The language used in this group is ENGLISH.
  • This is a friendly discussion group and NOT a place to learn sashiko skills OR do show-and-tell of your projects.
  • Atsushi will be there (I will do my best).
  • Please consider supporting Atsushi & Keiko in Patreon where we offer 150+ articles for you to read to understand what is Sashiko for us.
  • Please use the email address you sign-up for the Online Sashiko Class or other In-Person Sashiko Workshops. We will check the eligibility before the each session.
  • I you are looking for a class to learn how to do sashiko or improve your sashiko skills, please consider learning from Atsushi: A Summary of Links @sashikostory

Is really Sashiko introduced in English “insufficient”?

When I say the key phrase for 2022 regarding our Sashiko: “Sashiko introduced in English is NOT wrong, but insufficient”, I understand some feels offended. However, I do not mean to judge or criticize those who do not understand Japanese with insufficient understanding of Sashiko. In other words, how would one understand a culture fully without talking to those who lives in the culture (here, Japanese who live in Japan). I hope that this gathering will be an opportunity for anyone to feel how “Japanese Culture” is different from our (your) ordinary & expectation. It requires to read between lines, and we will try our best to facilitate as if it is happening in Japanese manner setting.

I hope to see/meet you there.

July 01, 2022 at 02:19PM

We now respect “Equality” in many aspects. I am learning every day, and I feel this is a great shift in our history. Social Equality is quite important. At the same time, however, we must acknowledge that there were many types of “Inequality” in our history – in fact, more or less, even today. In Japan, when the Japanese practiced Sashiko, Gender Inequality was quite significant. Men were more privileged (like other cultures, too). Historically, Sashiko was a work for women. My struggle kicks in here because I was a man who tried to receive the practice of traditionally done by women (there is nothing wrong with men to stitch Sashiko, I am talking about the “difference” in history, not the discrimination).

Instead of justifying myself & being defensive, I have been trying to “learn”. There are, of course, things that I cannot experience due to the gender difference. However, I can try & imagine. For that, what I do is a bit contradictory because sharing “stories” by talking/writing isn’t probably the primary way to describe what Sashiko is. An ability (permission) to talk was more for those with power, and women who practiced Sashiko probably didn’t have the choice to speak up freely. Instead, they put themselves into stitching THEREFORE, some Sashiko Jackets are so powerful.

Keiko isn’t a really good at explaining things. She loves to chat, but not a story-teller. I used to be pretty quiet because “silence” can sometimes be better in our culture. The more I learn about the Western Culture, some consider “silence” as “No Voice”, which may lead to the “Non existence”. Well, we exist. We can make this kind of Jacket even today. Sashiko isn’t only in the Past. We are here – and I will follow the Western Value to preserve the Japanese Value as well.





本日の配信もありがとうございました。早口で話してしまった記憶があるのですが、とても有意義なお話ができたんじゃないかなと思っています。ラジオ感覚で聞いて頂けたら嬉しいです!

「特権」について簡単に雑にお話をしてみて、なんとか説明できないかと頑張ってみたのですが、また再度準備して挑戦する必要がありそうです。この「特権」。幼少期から現在に至るまで、刺し子をする上で悩みの種だったりします。そんな思いも含めて今後も刺し子と共に日本について語っていけたらと思っています。まだ、こういう素敵な刺し子ジャケットが作れる職人さんがいるのだから、物語は残すべきだと思うのですよ。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #刺し子


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June 29, 2022 at 11:54AM

In recent posts, I have been sharing the significance of the Japanese Ordinary – in which we tend to forget about Westernization, but we all had it before when we “had to” stitch. I say it “Japanese Ordinary” because I can only talk on behalf of Japanese culture. However, when we imagine, it can happen to anyone in any culture – not in today’s value system, though.

“Imagination” is more important than “answers” because there is no such a thing as “Right or Wrong”. “Dialogue” without specific purpose is more Sashiko-Like than “Discussion” to find the specific answers. Therefore, I share stories. Therefore, I do not jump into discussions in English where they are discussing what is “Right” Sashiko or not. As long as they look for the answers… I don’t think they can reach the Core anyway. In the post on 6/25, I share a photo of Furoshiki with Shippou Pattern with Square. Today, I share a whole picture of this Furoshiki. My mother Keiko received this Furoshiki from her friend who “found” this in her old drawer. She has applied some mending with other vintage fabric swatches. I want you to wonder why there are no stitches in the square. This is where “Imagination” kicks in, and the point where fabric starts talking – carrying memories, and we add stories by stitching. There is no answer for this question – why is it empty in the square – just stitching around the edges. Interestingly, Keiko and I came up with the same story. It is because we share similar values, expectations & common sense. How about you? Can you receive any stories from this Furoshiki? (I may talk about it in Live Streaming tomorrow & updated on Patreon).





度々ご紹介はしているのですが、ここで紹介している刺し子、全てが私達の刺し子という訳ではありません。とは言え、インターネットで探してきた写真を上げている訳ではなく、「私達(淳&恵子)以外の方々の刺し子でも手元にご縁を頂いたもの」は紹介させて頂いているという意味です。全部が私等の針目ではない…ということです。

この風呂敷も恵子さんの刺し子仲間から頂いたものです。古い箪笥の奥にあったっぽいのを、ご縁を頂いて、少し手直しをして、素敵な風呂敷として勉強をさせて頂いています。襤褸は嫌だと前書いたのですが、「誰が持っていたか」分かるものであれば嫌ではありません。また洗うことによってリセットも可能です(洗えない襤褸はきつい)。さて。この風呂敷。何か足りないような気がします。この物語を想像することが「布と語る」という刺し子の醍醐味かなと思ったりするのです。正解も間違いもありません。想像での物語です。今週の配信では、このお話もできたらと思っています。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #SashikoFuroshiki #JapaneseBoro #刺し子 #日本人の刺し子


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June 24, 2022 at 12:03PM

Well… it is indeed happening: a word starts walking by itself in its trend with leaving stories behind (言葉の一人歩き). The whole purpose of this account is to “share” so that I can fulfill something filtered out by those who make profit out of “Sashiko” & “Boro”. I received comments expressing their surprise at my previous post saying that [I didn’t know the Boro has a negative aspect]. As I have explained deeply in English Live Streaming on 6/23, the word “Boro” with positive meaning is a very recent phenomena. Calling someone “Oh your Boro looks Cool” can be extremely insulting in some cases – and trend with those cultural stories behind can be quite painful to someone like me – who try to pass it down.

The trend is ongoing: The bigger, and the faster I can handle. Some advised me that “Sashiko” and “Boro” was in #SewingBee Show. It has quite a big impact in terms of publicity… but I don’t know if it will be a good one or not. Since I haven’t watched the episode, I will not talk about it at this moment. However, “Boro” introduced in English is insufficient: it is missing a lot of important essences.Although it is not my intention to summarize the essence so superficially, I couldn’t keep silence to see “Boro” being something “fancy” without any cultural contexts. To question today’s trend, I made a video on Youtube. I hope you have time to watch that.

It is NOT me who can change this trend. We don’t need to “Stop” the trend because the trend itself is good stuff – we should “recycle” and “reuse” what we have. I just want the trend to be more mindful, especially because they are using Japanese words. It is YOU who can change this trend, and therefore I keep sharing stories here so that you can learn more. Please do NOT celebrate “Boro” with ignorance. Please appreciate Boro with proper knowledge & wisdom.





本日の配信もありがとうございました。脱線しまくりですが、大切なお話はできたと思っています。昔から危惧していたことではあるのですが、現在「襤褸(BORO)」という言葉には主に「ポジティブ」なイメージが定着しているようで、これは昔の言葉の使われ方としては逆ベクトルです。違いや変化が悪いのではなく、その変化の過程が無視されてしまっているのが問題かなと。大切なことなので動画も作ってみました。まだまだ英語が主ですがご覧頂けたら嬉しいです

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #JapaneseBoro #刺し子 #襤褸


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June 20, 2022 at 08:28AM

I talk about the importance of the Japanese Language in order to understand what Sashiko fully is. However, it doesn’t mean that every Japanese (anyone with fluent Japanese language skill) is well educated to define what Sashiko is. Some are using the word “Sashiko” to market themselves regardless of their language. I keep sharing “why” language is important to have the proper understanding “to teach others” about a cultural practice. However, again, it doesn’t mean that one needs to master the Japanese language to enjoy/practice Sashiko. Anyone can & should enjoy Sashiko – This account exists to fulfill the gap due to the language insufficient. Don’t simplify culture. Of course, unfortunately, there are Japanese who do not care & acknowledge Sashiko & Boro that their ancestors were practicing.

One of the most scary things about Sashiko being a trend in “West (in English)” exists in our (Japanese) subconscious mindset. We have been trained to look up West – to catch up with what the While Culture does (did). I can keep counting how much we value the Western Culture and Trend “from” West, even if it is based on our Japanese Culture. Therefore, when “Sashiko in English” is introduced to Japan, the non-Japanese Sashiko teachers may be valued more because they can say they are the “expert in Sashiko in West” even without the proper language skill. That’s how “damaged” the Japanese subconscious is… (It is a long story to explain why it has been damaged. I will talk about it on Youtube Live if you are interested).

The principle of Sashiko exists in the ordinary of the national isolation of Japan (1639~1853) – when many unique cultures & rituals are created. The culture should be altered over time. However, I believe the change has to be done with mindfulness & understanding of many stories.





「刺し子とは何か」という定義は、なかなかに難しいです。お味噌汁の正解は?つまりは、どの出汁で、どの味噌で、どの具材が味噌汁足るものなのかを決めるのが難しいように、刺し子の正解を決めてしまうのも難しいのです。「○○が刺し子だ(それ以外は違う)」と言うような排他的な定義は嫌ですが、同時に「なんでもかんでも刺し子だ」という流れも嫌です。言葉には物語があり、物語の裏には人がいます。それを無視して、「売れるから」「注目されるから」と言う理由で言葉を無理やり乱用するのは、とてもダサいなぁと思うのです。まずは知る事から。そんなに難しい事じゃない。どこから始めていいかわからないと言う方は、是非私達の配信に遊びに来てください。案外刺し子は奥深い事に共感頂けると思います。

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June 17, 2022 at 10:29PM

Around 2009~2010, a few years before I “determined” to spend my life in Sashiko, Sashiko wasn’t something to enjoy at all. In much suffering, I challenged myself (ourselves) to make this type of Denim with patchworks with small pieces of fabric that no one were to use. I didn’t know the concept of SDGs. I never thought of Sustainability, yet what I was doing is exactly what the current trend indicates. In Japanese culture, our “ordinary” itself can be an action of SDGs, and for its sustainability. Therefore, I am sharing the stories of Sashiko and Japanese culture – Culture as an accumulation of voices & stories.

Several Sashiko Artisans criticized this as “Non-Sashiko” items. I believe many thought the same thing. They just didn’t verbalize it. Now, interestingly, this type of “patchwork” is known as “Sashiko”. Culture Changes. We all changes (although we dislike changes in general). Therefore, it is extremely important to keep sharing the stories so that “we” can acknowledge people & practice, instead of ignoring something foreign to maximize their profit & convenience.

I had a Good Live Streaming on the previous Thursday night (16th). The archive is on Youtube – SashikoStory Channel. I hope you would find time to listen to it so that the Sashiko we practice will be more closer to you.





本日の刺し子配信も素敵な時間をありがとうございました。13年前。刺し子と共に生きることへの覚悟を決める前の数年間は、こんな未来が存在するなんて想像すらしていませんでした。刺し子が嫌いだったからこそ今があり、また抗い続けたからこそ、今お伝えできる話が沢山あるんだろうと思います。「刺し子の本質は記録よりも記憶に存在するのでは」と、偶然に配信の中で出てきた表現ですが、声に出してみたり頭の中で繰り返して見れば見るほど、真実に近いのではないかと思うようになっています。もちろん、「記録」の大切さは言うまでもありません。記憶は常に主観的で、今の曖昧さを排除する生き方の中では存在価値は大きくない為、誰もがみて納得できる記録に、なんとか記憶を転換する必要があります。ただ、それは単純な方程式で導き出すことができるものじゃなく、記憶があることを前提とした物語を共有することによって形になるんじゃないかと思っています。

計らずしも今日の配信、なんだかんだで個人的に思う名言が飛び出しています(笑)久々に自分でも聞き直す配信になりそうです。平均値(中央値)としての文化と、記憶としての刺し子。さてさて。どうやって英語で紹介できるのだろうかね。

写真は約13年ほど前に古布の小さなハギレを繋ぎ合わせて、当時の自分のデニムに上から縫い付けたものです。批判も沢山ありましたが、よく履いたデニムの一本です(今は太りすぎて履けないですが…)。もう13年以上にもなるんだなぁ。

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June 10, 2022 at 08:43PM

This weekend is the beginning of my workshop month of July starting with preparation. 4 Weeks from now, on 7/9 and 7/10 in the NYC Area with Loop of the Loom (@loopoftheloom), and then in Berkeley CA from 7/23 to 7/26 with Wada Sensei (@yoshiko_wada_) and WSN (@worldshiborinetwork). It is my pleasure to be able to share the Sashiko we practice. Please visit their website for the registration!

Regardless of the experience in Sashiko, I ask Everyone to take the “Core & Essence” Workshop (which is the same as “Online Sashiko Class (22)”. Some misunderstand that it is “Basic”. No, it is “Core & Essence”, which means the most important things in Sashiko. I ask everyone to go through this because what I teach isn’t only technique, design or simple “how to”. It is more like “a Form” to start enjoying Sashiko the way we do in SNS and on Youtube (both Live & Videos). One can learn this Form by just watching, but it can take a lot of detours – try & error. My Sashiko Workshop will short-cut the process and offer the boost of one’s Sashiko Journey. After teaching (sharing) these workshops for last 5 years, I am quite confident in what I do – many shared their positive feedback saying “it was eye-opening” and “new learning”.

If you are interested in Sashiko, please consider taking it. I offer life-long “technique & form” so that you can apply it to many craft & art & stitching projects. It is more than “Let’s Enjoy Sashiko Together” type of workshop – it is your “learning opportunity” to understand what Sashiko really is for us. I hope to meet/see you in NYC and CA in July.





2020年にキャンセルをしてから2年と少し。またNYCに戻って刺し子ワークショップを開催させて頂く運びとなりました。それに続いて、7月後半にはカリフォルニアにて。お声がけを頂けること、心から感謝です。アメリカは比較的長い夏休みがあるので、ワークショップの開催等には実は向いていない時期でもあります。このアカウントではあまり宣伝等はしないようにしているのですが、主催者の皆様にご迷惑をかけるわけには行かないので、ここから1ヶ月程、宣伝の投稿がちらほら入ってくるかと思います。NYC/SFC近辺で刺し子に興味があるぞーという知人友人をご存じでしたら、ぜひご紹介頂けると嬉しいです。最初は何を教えて良いかわからない刺し子でしたが、これだけ続けてくると、楽しんで頂ける自信がついてくるものです(全編英語です)。

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June 03, 2022 at 10:32PM

If you are new here and our Youtube Channel, you may find me stitching only (mainly) on Indigo Dyed Fabric with White Thread. Because of these visuals, you may think that I am very “traditional” and “conservative” in Sashiko. In reality, I am the opposite. I like the combination of Indigo & white thread – and I do not use this combination because I feel I need to protect the tradition. I use it because I am too lazy to think about the good color combination (I don’t take risks – I am the one who keeps eating the same menu in one specific restaurant).

A post on SNS is not enough to fully describe what we do. A video on Youtube is better than a post, but it is still not enough. Because “it” requires a series of stories, I keep speaking up – We believe that the one principal of Sashiko exists in this Jacket. Sashiko isn’t in the past yet. There are still so many skilled Japanese Sashiko Artisans. I am here to share so that I can keep supporting them.





ときどき、ふと将来が心配になることがあります。10年後、はたまた数年後、今の刺し子を中心とした生活は成り立たなくなるんじゃないかっていう不安に苛まれるのです。今も今で刺し子だけで生活が成り立っているわけではなくて、妻が大黒柱で生活費を稼いでくれて、刺し子はなんとか「持続が可能な状態」を保っているわけですが、いつそのバランスが崩れるかが不安なんです。理想は100年持続可能な土台作りなのですが、そもそも刺し子という手仕事は現代で生活の糧を得るのにはそれほど向いていないので、ふとした時に怖くなります。特に家のペンキ塗りとかしてる時は…。

この不安は、もう15年近くも付き合っている感情で、心配している状況にならないように頑張ってお仕事をしているわけですが、最終的に自分の仕事(専門)でご飯が食べられなくなる(かもしれない)というのは、本当に寂しいことです。「時代に合っていないし求められていないのだから、認めて前に進め」という論理的な助言は承知の上で、「本当に求められていないのか、いなかったのか」を言葉にし、写真や映像と共に残したいのです。その言葉や写真に共感や懐古があれば、刺し子が文化として残っている(た)明石でもあるので。

考えすぎてしまう人間の良くないところで、逆に恵子さんみたいに、直感で前に進む人に強い憧れを持つ理由です。「続くかどうかは知らん。でも、いやだからこそ、愚直にできるだけのことをする。」と針を動かし続けるのが日本人らしい姿なのかもしれません。また一目刺しのジャケットを作って頂けるようにお願いしました。とても時間がかかるジャケットですが、刺し子の本質の「用いて即ち美しい」という言葉を、言葉だ毛でなく実物と共に残せるように、大切に「お求め頂ける方」の手元に届けようと思います。久々に日本語を沢山書きました。今日の配信、色々考えるきっかけになりました。

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