This is follow-up information for the former participants of Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core and Basic) provided by Atsushi. If you receive the information about Online Sashiko Class and would like to participates after taking one of Atsushi’s Workshops in NYC (more than 3 hours length workshop), please check this page. For others, in order to fully enjoy the continuous Sashiko learning opportunity, please consider taking one of our Sashiko Stitching Workshop to fulfill the requirement.
In order to fully enjoy the continuous Sashiko learning opportunity, please consider taking one of our Sashiko Stitching Workshop to fulfill the requirement.
We have started sharing the culture & technique of the Sashiko we practice in 2017 in Sashiko workshop & class. Ever since, my goal is the same, to share the enjoyment of Sashiko. In order to achieve it, offering the continuous Sashiko Learning Opportunity was one of the must contents I wanted to come up with – like subscription kit.
I prioritized The Online Sashiko Class because the subscription ideas & the continuous Sashiko Learning opportunity requires the prerequisite. I want everyone to understand the core & basic of Sashiko when they take the subscription to continuously offer the free support in Sashiko technique for those who took the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic). I wanted to be fair for those who do not live in the East Coast of the USA. After the online Sashiko Class, I can offer the fair opportunity for everyone.
Please understand any offering in this article have the prerequisite. This is the opportunity for those who took Atsushi’s Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic), which is at least 3 hours in either PA, NJ, NY or any other location or Online (either Live-style or On-demand.) Please register with the email address you have used to take the Sashiko Stitching Workshop.
The contents I cover in the Online Sashiko Class is very similar to what you have learned in the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (in NYC or in Livestitching). Therefore, I feel uneasy asking for the full price (even after the discount). Since you already have learned the technique and culture, assuming you do not need much support, I decided to offer “A year access to the On-Demand” Videos for a lot small amount of the fee when you agree to give me some feedback.
*Price is subject to change. Until I make a shopping page, please contact me directly to get access & support.
Access License to the Video (Yearly): $25.00
Materials for the Online Sashiko Class: $60.00
Online Live-Session Ticket (30 min to 120 min): $25.00
*Prices are the subject to change.
Sashiko Subscription Kit
This is another big resolution for the year of 2019: Sashiko subscription Package.
Atsushi will send a good weekend project amount of Sashiko every month. The follow-up videos will be available for the subscriber. In order to learn the technique and wisdom throughout, we strongly recommend taking in order of we assign.
Here is some example of Subscription Kit that I am thinking of. The pricing will be somewhere $30.00 ~$75.00 per month depends on the materials I would need to send. I will make like a year-round package as well.
“Japanese Geometric Pattern Package
Full Subscription (6 month amount):
Part of Subscription (3 month amount):
Contents: The package will have one Sashiko thread and a piece of fabric, and necessary tool to learn how to complete the subscription.
Shippou – the Curve (Preparing) :
Hishi Seigaiha – the Jump (Preparing) :
“Applying Sashiko” Package (Preparing)
Draw on your denim (Preparing)
Patch the damage with Sashiko (Preparing
Boro-inspired patchwork (Preparing)
Please wait for another update for the Sashiko Subscription Kit. Your request and preference would be awesome to develop the subscription program.
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, 1 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 also receive 1 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 upto 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!
It is my honor to be a part of the great event in December, in TriBeCa area organized by my dear friend, Matt Aprile from Indi. I am so happy to announce our participation to 75 COLLECTIVE x Sashiko Workshop. Atsushi will be offering the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core and Basic) as well as a short-version workshop.
75 COLLECTIVE x Sashiko
Sashiko Workshop Schedule
The exact location will be notified directly to your email address from our email address (info ● sashico.com) after your registration. All of the materials are included in the registration fee. No experiences in Sashiko is required. Simply bring your passion and interest and learn the authentic culture of Sashiko stitching.
Atsushi has been teaching Sashiko in NYC every 2 months or so.
Offering the workshop to more than 70 participants, we are confident that we can provide the eye-opening and satisfying workshop for you. Since Atsushi does not live in NYC, our schedule is not periodic. As of now, we do not have any plans for 2019. Please take this opportunity to celebrate the Holidays together. Winter is a great time to enjoy Sashiko.
*This is a first time offer designed for 75 COLLECTIVE x Sashiko.
Saturday, December 8th, 1:20 pm to 2:30 pm | about 1 hour
Sunday, December 8th, 10 am to 11:10 pm | about 1 hour
What you can expect from Short-Term Workshop
With provided material, you will learn how to transfer or draw the basic pattern of Japanese traditional geometric pattern to the Denim Swatch. Then, Atsushi will share how you can patch the swatch to your favorite Denim. It is a very quick introduction of Sashiko & the process of applying Sashiko to the denim
Please bring your own denim with a hole or tear. You may bring the Denim without any hole or tear, but the denim with more damage would be fun to work with.
*I believe, in order to learn the core technique and culture of Sashiko, anyone would need at least 2 hours of actual stitching. If you are interested in Sashiko, please consider taking the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic). We will not disappoint you if Sashiko Stitching interest and inspire you.
75 COLLECTIVE Participants
Please see a list of all the founders who will be joining us below, I have also linked each name to the respective websites. I am so honored to meet all of these brands’ founders. I am a Sashiko professional, but I have a lot to learn for branding Upcycle Stitches in the USA.
We are creating a space where established and emerging conscious clothing brands can gather together to build community and exhibit their work, work bound by the thread of artisanal and handcrafted tradition and heritage.
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with workshops offered by
Upcycle Stitches (75 COLLECTIVE x Sashiko)
with food & beverages by:
In our eyes the future of the fashion industry has the potential to be a bright one; one that supports the people who actually produce the clothing, the artisans responsible for the crafts that inform the clothing, and the communities around which the clothes are built through sustainable production practices.
We will be offering workshops so you can experience the traditions and crafts integral to many of our brands. Sign-up for the workshops here
Sashiko is a form of very simple hand-stitching. We believe that anyone can practice, enjoy and even master Sashiko stitching. The technique itself is so simple that our full-length (more than 3 hours) workshop can cover most of the core skills and techniques. Because of its simplicity, it is up to the Sashiko practitioners to apply these basic & core techniques to their own Sashiko projects. It’s not that difficult to be a Sashiko craftsman, yet it is very challenging to make the “beautiful” Sashiko pieces. Throughout our Sashiko Class, we teach the basic & core Sashiko skill and knowledge. In other words, we will share the first step to be the Sashiko craftsman in Sashiko Class. We are very much looking forward to seeing our participants being the Sashiko artists with collaborating to their own field, culture, and experience.
What kind of Sashiko Class?
Upcycle Stitches LLC and Atsushi offer several kinds of classes, but the most important one is the first Sashiko Class everyone needs to take to proceeds other Sashiko related classes. We sometimes call “the class” as “the workshop”. It is the same thing on this website. We teach the student what Sashiko is (Class) and then we work together to learn how Sashiko is done with our hands (workshops).
This is the Sashiko Class Atsushi has been offering for more than 10 times in the last 2 years. If a participant doesn’t know how to use the round thimble and long Sashiko needle (51.5mm), we are pretty confident that we can provide the eye-opening, pleasantly surprising time in this class/workshop. This is our very basic, and this workshop is the prerequisite of every workshop I offer after the “Core & Basic” workshop.
Please find the detail of what you can expect to learn in the workshop description page here.
With collaborating with other organization
When we collaborate with other well-connected organizations, they may use the different name for their Sashiko Class offering.
For example, the other organization may call the workshop:
Traditional Sashiko Workshop
Japanese Sashiko Workshop
As long as it is offered by Atsushi Futatsuya, with mentioning that he will share how to use the thimble and needle, the contents of the Sashiko class will be very similar to the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic). I occasionally “add” the contents corresponding to the requests by the organization. For example, one organization want me to talk about Sashiko & mending denim a bit, and the other would like me to talk about Natural Dye and Vintage Fabric.
The pricing for these collaborated classes can differ.
I try to be consistent to the charge I propose, and the organizer and us decide the pricing based on location, duration of the Sashiko Class, the extra materials Atsushi provides, the dextra theme we will cover, and such. Regardless, the Sashiko Workshop/class offered by Atsushi without any prerequisite can be very similar because the ultimate goal for these workshops is to teach students how to use the thimble and needle.
The article regarding my fees for offering the workshop.
If the student has taken one of Atsushi’s workshop which doesn’t have prerequisites, he/she doesn’t need to take other Sashiko workshops from the different organization even the name is different. The content of the Sashiko Class /Workshop can be very similar, and he/she may be bored. Please do not register the workshop unless you plan to review the same materials you have already covered. If you would like to take it regardless, we are happy to have you there.
Basic & Core Sashiko Class Achievement
Here is a list of person & organizations with great goodwill and respecting concepts. Thanks to these organizations and individuals, I can continue offering the workshop. Sincere appreciation to them.
(In Alphabetical order)
For full-length Sashiko Class/Workshop
Eileen Fisher | Making Space Brooklyn
Purl Soho | Studio
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn
Tatter Blue Library
Short length, Introductory Workshop
Japan Society | Introductory short workshop
The individuals who support me to have our own Sashiko Workshop
Sharon and Frank in TriBeCa
Following Sashiko Class after the basic
We have one following Sashiko Class after the basic & core. It is called “Hitomezashi Sashiko Workshop”. Please refer the article here for more information.
*All of the Sashiko Class is supervised and carefully discussed with the group of Sashiko Artists in Japan, Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya.
We are very excited to announce that Atsushi will offer the Sashiko Stitching Workshop at the “Making Space“, which is operated by a well-known Fashion Brand, Eileen Fisher. Yes. This is an announcement of Eileen Fisher x Sashiko Workshop by Atsushi Futatsuya.
The participants will learn all the basic to enjoy Sashiko Stitching and will be able to use some Eileen Fisher Fabric swatches to enjoy Sashiko on. The participants may bring their own Eileen Fisher Garments to add Sashiko stitching or Sashiko Stitched Swatch on.
The concept of Making Space is to create a community where people can gather. It is my honor to be part of this movement, and we sincerely appreciate the generosity of Eileen Fisher to let me offer the workshop with the reasonable pricing. It will be a great opportunity for you to learn Sashiko, in a beautiful location in Brooklyn, with surrounded by their beautiful products.
Reuse the Garment. Synchronize the Sashiko we respect.
After I received an invitation to offer the Sashiko Workshop at Making Space, I studied about Eileen Fisher as a Fashion Brand. Well, as a male from Japan, I didn’t know of Eileen Fisher before. The first message I learned from their website is “to Care”, in which I value the most in a process of sharing the culture of Sashiko.
Sashiko was originally developed in a survival purpose. They had to use the needle and thread to survive through the severe winter. In modern society, in the developed countries, almost no one need to use the needle and thread to survive the winter. In fact, the social issue rises from the other side of mending: wasting.
The reason Keiko and I started a project called Sashi.Co is to “bring a life back to the beautiful yet not-used Japanese (vintage) fabric.” By doing Sashiko stitching, the vintage fabric gets stronger and more durable with interesting patterns. Patchworking (=connecting) these unique individual vintage fabric give the fabric another life. Keiko tells fabric, “We will bring you back to the main stage, again.” We define the main stage as the “ordinary days”. The stage we have in our mind is not a fashion stage with many spotlights. It is merely an ordinary day where a person can wear.
Resuing the garment to produce something new.
Using the needle and thread, making Sashiko stitching to repurpose the garment.
Upcycling what we already have with appreciation.
I am happy that I can offer what I am proud of (Sashiko) in such a great space.
More information Coming. More stories I would like to tell.
When I started my own Sashiko project, Upcycle Stitches, I had a great opportunity to talk to the students at FIT. Since I wasn’t ready to face to the future fashion stars, I probably gave them strange answers, which probably include some of the disappointment. Well… I wasn’t really ready to share my opinion about the fashion waste and potential pollution. It was (and probably still is) too big to answer.
However, I met many people who “Care” as I do.
It is another reason I started our Youtube Channel to share what we do. The event of “Eileen Fisher x Sashiko Workshop” is a beginning of another journey to me. I will study more about their concepts, and I will connect and synchronize what we believe in. More stories are coming up. The “Eileen Fisher x Sashiko Workshop” continues.
Thank you very much for being a part of a great evening, Japan Society NYC x Sashiko Workshop by Atsushi Futatsuya. It is our very first challenge to share Sashiko stitching to so many people. We usually have a workshop for the size of 6 to 12 participants… so yes, it was something great for me. I hope you had received a message for my passion of Sashiko, and introductory technique of beautiful Sashiko stitching.
For those who signed up with your email for the follow-up email, please expect to receive the email from Atsushi by 10/5. If you do not receive anything from Atsushi, the email may be in your spam box, or I misread the email itself. In that case, please contact me from here.
Missed Japan Society NYC x Sashiko Workshop ?
I have received several emails that they, unfortunately, couldn’t participate in this Japan Society NYC x Sashiko Workshop.
Do not worry. With increasing of the demand, I am planning to have another Online Sashiko Workshop (Core & Basic) as well as creating a downloadable video of “how to make Sashiko Coaster” which I covered in this Sashiko Workshop at Japan Society NYC.
In order to accomplish my goal, I still feel that “On Live Workshop” is a necessary step to teach how to do Sashiko with the specific thimble and the Sashiko needle. I understand that the needs for “Video – which you can watch and learn anytime” is huge. However, the key to learning the appropriate posture is me continuously checking (not judging) your posture and position of needle and thimble.
If you are interested in this Live – Small grouped Online Workshop, please fill out the form below. Once I find the similar preference and request, I will contact you to set up the workshop.
I hope I delivered this message in the workshop: There is no such a thing as Right Sashiko and Wrong Sashiko. Meanwhile, I make another video of how to make the coaster, and/or how to do Sashiko, please watch other “Live Streaming” and previous Tutorials on our Youtube Channel. Try to learn what you would like to learn. It is not a rule or regulations you need to follow. I simply share the technique and concept which may enrich your Sashiko experience.
I will also keep sharing “Stories” about Sashiko. The subscribers of the channel made me realize that “I have a lot of stories to tell.”
Following Sashiko Workshop
Upcycle Stitches LLC offers “Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic)” with collaborating to respected organizations which share the similar concepts and values. Since “introducing Sashiko” is my current goal, most of the workshop I offer in 2018 are the basic and core workshop.
In Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic), I cover the similar materials to the introductory workshop at Japan Society.
I will teach:
How to use the thimble and the needle
How to move the needle and making Sashiko running stitches
Using the similar Asano-ha pattern to make a tote bag (I do not teach how to make a tote bag.)
Introductory of Sashiko & its concept
The biggest difference is that I will make sure that the participant “get comfortable to” the running stitch including how to hold the needle, fabric, and using the thimble. I will stand next to the participant, touch her/his hands if necessary, reposition the hands and posture. I will not give up even the participant gives up. From my experience, it takes about 2~3 hours to get used to the Sashiko running stitch.
If you aren’t 100% sure how to use the thimble and needle, these basic & core workshops should be a great workshop to make sure what you have learned. The class size is about 6 to 9. A lot of individual attention for every participant in the workshop.
Also, I will cover the following:
How to prepare the fabric (transferring patterns / how to draw patterns)
Sashiko running stitch with rhythm.
What kind of materials are the best
Upcycling the fabric with Sashiko | Especially with Eileen Fisher garment if you have one
Difference between Sashik0 and Boro | which I covered a bit in Japan Society Workshop.
How to stitch different patterns | brief explanation.
Unlimited questions within 4 hours and you will get enough answers because of the class size of 9 maximum.
If the participant is comfortable with using thimble and needle as I instructed at the introductory workshop, I can accept him/her for the advanced workshop AFTER checking his/her stitching over the video. Please send me a video of stitching so I can decide if you follow the instruction. However, unfortunately, without my permission after watching the video, the “introductory workshop” will not satisfy the prerequisite to the other (advanced) workshop I offer. It is simply because I need to make sure that everyone is comfortable and understood how to use them when I do advanced workshops. I cannot confirm it in the introductory workshop because of the class size, so the person would need to show me if they got the information appropriately and practice it, or need to take the basic & core workshop to “master” the Sashiko Stitching.
I hope the explanation above is clear for the future Sashiko Workshops.
I cannot believe it is almost the end of September already. It has been quite eventful early autumn for us. Here is a quick Sashiko Updates Fall 2018 to share what is going on with us. Remember, the best way to connect with us is through Instagram & Youtube Channel. I will share more “Stories” based on your request.
New Project!| Sashiko Updates Fall 2018 Vol.1
My passion for Sashiko got certain when I started enjoying Sashiko Mending. I have done quite many Sashiko Denim Mending and found myself without any denim jeans to mend. I didn’t touch the denim for a long time. Then, I realize, I would like to work on the denim. It is not my first choice to cut the fabric out of necessity, for the “repurposing” purpose instead of “mending”, I decided to try the new project. Cut and Patch back the denim with Sashiko Stitching all over.
It is my main project on Instagram & Youtube Live streaming. I hope I can complete the project by the end of October… It will be something new, and hopefully something to inspire some of you.
Sashiko Workshop| Sashiko Updates Fall 2018 Vol.2
Thanks to many supporters, I can continue offering the Sashiko Workshops. Here is the overview of my workshop schedules.
(Updated: September 27th)
Sep. 28th: Sashiko Workshop @ Japan Society | Sold Out
It was a nice surprise that people are interested in my stories regarding Sashiko. An interesting childhood with Sashiko, I kind of had a barrier that not many people wouldn’t like to listen to my stories related to Sashiko. If someone is waiting for me, I will enjoy updating my stories on Youtube Channel. If you have any topics you would like me to cover, please leave the comment here so I can talk about it as a “Sashiko Story”.
I had the month of August as a “Workshop Free month” to focus on my Sashiko Projects. It was a very good opportunity and now it is about time to start another series of Sashiko Workshops. Here is a quick update of Sashiko Workshops September 2018.
Although I was about to advertise on this website before they are sold out, some of the workshops are already full, and some even have a waiting list. I feel very fortunate to have many people interested in Sashiko. I am looking forward to meeting you there, at each location.
A quick look for the Sashiko Workshops September 2018
I offer the Sashiko Stitching workshop as the part of NJMQG workshop program. It was designed mostly for the member of NJMQG, and all the seats are sold out. If you are a part of Quilt Guild or other organization interested in Sashiko, please contact me for the “custom-adjusted yet traditional” workshop opportunity.
I offer the well-organized Sashiko Workshop at the beautiful crafting store in Soho neighborhood.
Purl Soho is one of a very few stores that carry our Natural Dye Sashiko Thread. I am so happy to share my experience and technique in the well-known store for craft lovers. (I received a new that the workshop is full and has a waiting list now. Please contact Purl Soho for the details.)
Our goal is to share the beautiful culture of Sashiko. Yes, ideally, I would need at least 3 hours to teach you the technique to enjoy Sashiko as much as we do, I am very happy to share the introductory Sashiko and its culture to the many people who are related to Japan Society NYC, which has been a symbol of mutual understandings between the USA and Japan.
It is my honor to serve as a teacher to share some of the Japanese cultures.
(I found out that the workshop is full at this point and no waiting list…)
The last, but not the least workshop I have in September is with Tatter Blue Library. In this workshop, we focus on the Sashiko Stitching on the Denim. In the morning section, the participant will learn the basic and core of Sashiko Stitching. After a quick break, we all will work on the denim pants or jackets the participants bring.
It is strongly recommended to participate in both workshops in one day. 7 hours of intensive stitching experience will level you up to enjoy the Sashiko Denim Stitching on your own garment. Would you like to make a denim like a photo below? It is the workshop for you.
Registration Link: Please ask Tatter Blue Library for the detail
Even after Sashiko Workshops September 2018, the workshop in 2018 continues. We are working on scheduling one Sashiko Workshop in October (Probably 10/13 & 10/14) in Brooklyn. One weekend of Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic) in TriBeCa, NYC, November 17th and 18th.
Once we know the detail, we will introduce it first on Instagram, then a newsletter, then a blog post. Please follow our SNS account and subscribe the newsletter from the sidebar.
We are very happy to introduce Caroline, an amazing Sashiko (and more) artist working with ordinary fashion and creative Sashiko Stitching. Here is a beautiful Sashiko Alumni Interview Caroline.
Many participants in my Sashiko Workshop mention that it is impossible to get the stitching speed as I do. I always reply to them that if they practice properly for some time, they all will get the similar speed within 2 years or so, probably much sooner. She is a great example of learning the appropriate technique and keep “producing” many Sashiko arts. I am so proud of her.
We sincerely thank Caroline to be the first alumni to answer the interviews. Please enjoy “Sashiko Alumni Interview Caroline”. (This is a part of Sashiko Alumni Interview Series.)
Sashiko Alumni Interview Caroline
When did you start being interested in Sashiko?
I don’t remember exactly! At some point in the last few years, I started seeing various classes being offered in sashiko, and it looks so beautiful that I decided I wanted to learn.
What is your passion for Sashiko?
I find the stitching to be meditative – I am a knitter, and doing sashiko puts me in a similar mind space, one I find to be very beneficial for my state of mind. I also like the planning of a sashiko project, which can be quite mathematical and precise (depending on what pattern I am stitching). I don’t think it’s an accident that I’m drawn to sashiko because of both the precision and the meditation aspects, as I find both are important to all the craft work I do.
In addition, I love vintage fabrics and vintage clothing, and I love indigo, and I love natural fibers, so those things combine to bring new life to old garments and fabrics.
The recycling of old fabrics and clothing is especially important to me; lately, I’ve been buying old shirts at the thrift store and doing sashiko stitching on them, thus making a generic item of clothing into a one-of-a-kind piece. Falling in love with our clothing and customizing our clothing and realizing the importance of handwork is the way to get beyond fast, cheap fashion.
I also like the traditions inherent in sashiko, stitching patterns that have been in use for centuries, creating “boro” as the Japanese have been doing for centuries.
What did you think of Atsushi’s Workshop?
Atsushi is a great teacher, not only in how to do sashiko but also in the excitement he has for ideas and projects. He’s so open-minded about what sashiko can be and how it can be used. He knows the tradition and teaches the tradition, and yet he gets inspired by how sashiko can be pushed to go beyond the tradition.
Plus it’s amazing to say that I learned sashiko from a member of a family that has been doing it for generations!
What inspires you when you work on your Sashiko Project?
I get inspired by seeing my project develop slowly, learning little things along the way, improving my technique. Stitching gives me time to ruminate on the next part of the project, or maybe on my next project, or on other creative ideas.
What is Sashiko for you?
My simple definition of sashiko is making running stitches with cotton thread – and what I like about this definition is its openness, its ability to encompass traditional stitching patterns, the making of boro, and lots of things beyond. My goal is to incorporate sashiko into other projects, figuring out how to mix sashiko with sewing, quilting, embroidery, knitting, and other crafts in a way that is new and beautiful.