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Sashiko Class 2021 to 2022 to share what Sashiko is

Sashiko became a well-known word in English for those who enjoy hand-sewing and crafting with textiles. I am happy that many people are interested in Sashiko, and enjoying Sashiko with sharing the inspiration they got from the Sashiko they see. However, unfortunately, the Sashiko translated in English is not enough to describe the whole picture of Sashiko: not many non-Japanese Sashiko teachers are teaching the core & essence of Sashiko. Sashiko in English is NOT wrong at all – however, they are insufficient. It is my pleasure and honor to share what Sashiko is for us with teaching the core technique of Sashiko & essence of why it is so important to focus on the process rather than the result. Anyone can learn & start enjoying Sashiko as we do by joining one of the learning opportunity I offer: Sashiko Class 2021 to 2022.

In 2021 and 2022, I offer several options, both Online and In-Person. Please check my schedule & availability. I am looking forward to meeting you soon!


Online Sashiko Class 2021

The year of 2020 with pandemic brought us very difficult time. However, at the same time, it was the time that we all needed to somewhat adjust to the availability. For me, it was a year of investing majority of my time & energy to improve the Online Sashiko Class. With cancelling all of the workshop in 2020 due to Covid-19, I had to shift everything I had to Online.

I am confident that anyone can learn the Core & Essence of Sashiko Online. This is the main & the most important class I offer. I receive many good reviews with prefering Online Class because they can watch my hands movement closely and slowly over and over again.

You may find Atsushi’s Online Sashiko Class (Virtual Class) on other platform with slightly lower price. (As of Summer 2021, it is $330.00). I occasionally offer Sashiko Class online collaborating with other platform. I ask them strongly to match the price to our Online Sashiko Class, but the final decision will be determined by them (including some mistakes done by manually).

You may find our Online Sashiko Class on this official website as the most “expensive” choice. Please be advised that the other virtual online class will NOT offer the follow-up Live Session after the virtual class (some platform offer the recording of the virtual video & follow-up session with extra fees). The reason of the fee of Online Sashiko Class from my website is that I offer the “Full-Support”, until you can do it or until you completely give up while I will NOT give up on you). Although the Online Sashiko Class include only one virtual ticket to join the “Live Session” to confirm all of your learning, if a participant needs additional session to “be able to stitch like we do”, I will keep offering the time. I may offer the one-on-one session if necessary.

For me, “The learning of rhythm & practicing Sashiko in the rhythm” is the reason I share Sashiko. I sincerely would like you to be able to stitch in the rhythm – therefore, it would be very helpful if you would consider the Online Sashiko Class 2021. (*1) and (*2)


In-Person Sashiko Class / Workshop 2021

It is my sincere pleasure to start offering the In-Person Sashiko Class & Workshop as well. Although I am confident in sharing the technique & skill over Online Sashiko Class, it is also nice to meet in person and share the same moment. I will be there, right next to you, to share & teach Sashiko with my hands on your hands. Also, the biggest advantage of In-Person Sashiko Class / Workshop is that you can touch and feel what we make – the Sashiko we have been practicing. When the condition allow, I bring as many sample as possible with me. You may touch it and wear it for your inspiration. I will still try to limit the opporutnities of In-Person Sashiko Class, there are several of confirmed plann toward 2021 and 2022 (*3)

Sashiko Workshop: Core & Essence

Saturday August 14th: 10 am to 4 pm offered by Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA.


Special 3-Day Sashiko Workshop

Monday January 31st (2022) to Wednesday February 2nd, offered by Aya Fiber Studio in FL.


Sashiko Workshop: Core & Essence / Application & Practice.

This is Sashiko Workshop for QuiltCon 2022 in Phoenix, AZ. QuiltCon 2022 will be held in FEBRUARY 16 – 20, 2022.

For more detail about Sashiko Workshop such as the contents, fee and how to register, please visit the QuiltCon webpage above, and follow the direction.


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(*1) The Online Sashiko Class from this website comes with “Full-Support” I describe above. The Sashiko Online Workshop offered by other platform, the “Full-Support” may be available with additional fee. No matter where you learn from me, my goal is the same. I just would need to priotize the one who pay the full price. Thank you for your understanding.

(*2) Other Online Sashiko Classes via different platform offer the same contents as the Online Sashiko Class 2021. However, the personal support may be available with extra fee. Most of the platforms provide you to access the recording videos. If you would need the personal support, please visit our website to purchase the ticket to get the personal support.

(*3) Please be advised that the In-Person Sashiko Class offered in Central PA (where I live) is still unavailable due to my family condition. Please wait for an update for that. It is my hope to start having the participants soon.

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Sashiko Online Class | Anywhere Anytime.

Finally. I am very happy to start offering the Sashiko Online Class via On-Deman videos on our Vimeo page. In order to avoid any unfortunate misunderstandings, please read carefully this “Sashiko Online Class Terms and Conditions” before signing up here.

【Last Update: June 2021 // Class is available as of 2021】



What is Included in Sashiko Online Class

Online Videos to Learn Sashiko

Sashiko Online Class (Core and Essence)

  • 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 Stitching Lecture about how to maximize the Sashiko experience with stitching with Asanoha pattern.
  • Live Session: A participant joins the Live Zoom Session to confirm their learning (Semi-private setting).

*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). Due to “new normal” during/after Covid-19, the opportunity for In-person Sashiko Workshop is limited. After 2 years of teaching online, I am confident to say that the Online Sashiko Class is as good as the in-person workshop.

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 that the prerequisite will not be effective until Atsushi actually confirms the stitching the way the participant does.


Materials to learn Sashiko with:

The Online Sashiko Class comes with all of the materials you would need to ennjoy Sashiko. The contents are following:

  • Indigo dyed cotton fabric with Asano-ha pattern printed on (Please do NOT pre-wash).
  • Fabrics to make a tote bag (Lining and Interfacing)
  • Swatches to practice the needle movement (and they can be used as a bag handle)
  • A skein of Sashiko Thread – White
  • A package of Sashiko needles (3) and the Thimble
  • Sashiko Thread Bobbin Paper
  • A chalk pencil to enforce the pattern

*If you have purchased the set of Sashiko needle and thimble from us before, I will refund the amount as a store credit so you can purchase something in the 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). 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 official welcome email.
  • After completing the section.3, One ticket to the Online Life-style Sashiko gathering to clear up all the questions and confirming what you learned through video.

The preparation requirement on the 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 scissors 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 fingernail from scratching.

*Please expect the email describing what kind of preparation we need for the Live-Session for Sashiko Online Class. It isn’t so complicated, 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 Live Sessions 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.

[Update in 2021]
  • When you are fully vaccinated, you may make a visit to Lewisburg, PA for the in-person Live Session. Please contact me for the availability (Not available for the summer of 2021)”
  • Due to a high demand, the Online Sashiko Class may be “sold out”. In that case, please fill-out the waiting list so that I can contact you before refilling the spot.

Videos are strictly for the participants

Please respect these terms and conditions for 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 videos can cause misunderstandings without the proper explanation. I decided to offer the Sashiko Online Class by overcoming the fear of making some mistakes on-demand Videos. The reason I could overcome the fear was the trust of the others that they will be responsible & I will be extra careful. Your understanding of 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 a 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 the public, we won’t be able to follow-up with 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 understanding. Please do not share the passwords to watch the videos with others. Again, 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 these terms and conditions will not do something like this intentionally. 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 times 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. Occasionally, I change the password when I feel the necessity. 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 (Please find the latest google form that I had asked students to extend their subscription. I believe it is reasonable.)

The Password will be in the supply package. You will receive an email when we change the password.

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 issues 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 too much. My goal is to help you to master the Sashiko stitching.

*You may purchase the 3rd or 4th ticket to join the Live Session for the extra fee. Please let me know if you are interested. I am pretty sure that the videos and one-time live-style workshops are comprehensive for you so you won’t need an extra ticket. I will offer the 2nd one if there is anything we couldn’t resolve. Also, Watching my live-streaming would be just enough to make sure you are doing appropriately. However, I am happy to have 3rd or 4th session if you would like to: Please choose a ticket here


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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 Atsushi Futatsuya & Upcycle Stitches LLC
  • All purchase is final. There is no refund available 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 official welcome email with mentioning the package is shipped out. The subscription will start the day you receive the package from us.

You may reschedule the Live Session to check up your progress after signing up, but please respect us and the others who join the Live Session on the same day. So please let me know as soon as possible. In the extreme case scenario, I will accept the reschedule of the appointment, but please be reasonable for that.

Your understanding and cooperation would be very much appreciated.

I am looking forward to meeting you!!


[Last Edit: June 2021]


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Private Sashiko Workshop | Bring Sashiko to your group.

Are you interested in Sashiko Workshop and cannot find the appropriate the instructor/expert? Atsushi can offer you and your group a customized Private Sashiko Workshop.

I offer a regular series of Sashiko Workshops In Manhattan, TriBeCa Neighboorhood, a few times a year.

At the same time, depending on the condition, I can arrange a private Sashiko workshop for your quilting guild, patchwork community, and friends groups. Since I offer the Private Sashiko Workshop for you and your group, I can customize the contents of the workshop with communication to your needs.

Please contact Atsushi for your needs with expecting the possible fee referring the “Fee Sample” below.

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Fee Sample of Private Sashiko Workshop

Base Fee | Standard Rate

Instructor Fee: $120 ~ $180 per hour

Materials Fee: $70.00 per participant

Single Arrangement Fee: $50


If a private Sashiko Workshop is a regular 4 hours length workshop with 6 participants, the total fee will be $920 USD/About $150 per person ($480 for 4 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 4-hours length workshop or a 6~8 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 (about 160 mile), 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 with no (or small) commission percentage. Please let me know if you would like to collect the fee or commission for the trunk sale. Depends on the percentage of the commission, the pricing for the workshop will vary.

*The Base Fee is the same for the virtual/Online (Live) Sashiko Class. The difference would be the numbers of participants & the duration. Since it is challenging to confirm everyone’s learning, I would set the minimum of 6 hours and the maximum of 12 participants. If you are interested in “Recorded” Online Sashiko Class, please consider our regular Online Sashiko Class (If you are arranging for a large group, I may be able to offer some discount).


Case 1 | 2 of regular Sashiko Workshop

For regular Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic), I have a workshop size preference.

Workshop Size Preference: 6 Ideal, 4 minimum, 7 Maximum.

Workshop Duration: 4~6 hours

Workshops in a day: Up to 2 times | The 3rd workshop may be available at night.

This is the standard case for me to offer the best Sashiko Workshop for up to 24 people in a day.


Case 2 | 1 Long Sashiko Workshop

Workshop Size Preference: 12 Ideal, 7 minimum, 14 Maximum.

Workshop Duration: 6~8 hours

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.

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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 $175.00 ~ $450.00 (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 4-hours workshop for the reasonable pricing. It is better for both of us because you wouldn’t want me to keep watching your stitching 4 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 $175.00.


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.


3. Take the Online Workshop

With many requests from all over the world, I have developed (am developing) the Online-Sashiko Workshop.

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

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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.