Unlike the other major Sashiko companies, we do not offer many “Sashiko Kits” for customers. We know that there is a demand for the kit, but we have been hesitant to do so for some reasons. Well, we finally come up with one in 2019. However, even we offer the Sashiko Practice Kit, we do not include a piece of paper with Sashiko Instruction written on. Here is an explanation of why we prefer not to provide the Sashiko instruction of how to proceed with a Sashiko Kit.
The “best” instruction is up to you
Many people think that there is “absolute answer” or “right way” in Sashiko stitching. We believe there is not. Each pattern, each project, and each material requires the different instruction of how to proceed with the stitching. The most appropriate Sashiko instruction is determined what is your preference, personality, the mood in the day of stitching, and more importantly, how you would like to communicate to the fabric.
Therefore, I would like you to come up with your own Sashiko instruction (of how to proceed the stitching) based on your preference & condition. By us providing the written instruction, it limits your possibility and creativity.
There is some instruction for basic Sashiko techniques & wisdom. Please check our Youtube Channel to find the video for your need, or simply take the Sashiko workshop to get a full package of Sashiko technique.
No rules and regulation in Sashiko
We often say that there is no rules and regulations in Sashiko. The Sashiko instruction contradicts the saying above a bit. Yes, we can recommend one of the appropriate Sashiko instruction as the sample. However, it also encourages Sashiko stitchers to give up researching or learning by watching videos or other information sources.
The Sashiko instruction could imply the rule. We don’t want that. Instead, we offer the sample video of us actually stitching. We believe it is better than the written Sashiko instruction.
Youtube video coming-up soon.
We teach how to come up with own Sashiko Instruction
Each pattern has its own appropriate Sashiko instruction. We teach how to come up with it by yourself in our Sashiko workshop (Online Class or In-person).
The reason I do not share it here is it may require the personal attention to explain throughly – otherwise, without the follow-up, it could cause the misunderstanding. The misunderstanding based on what we write & share is something we would like to avoid the most. Therefore, please consider taking the workshops for more information & follow-ups. It is quite easy, yet core in Sashiko stitching.
Why kit? Your possibility is infinite
Keiko & I occasionally discuss why the market demands the Sashiko kits so much. We believe that it is much more enjoyable when the person can stitch what they would like to have on their every project instead of the kit pattern someone decides for you.
It isn’t difficult to transfer the pattern at all. We have a Youtube Video of how to transfer the pattern on the fabric (It is Youtube. It is free of charge). We even offer some videos of how to drew the Japanese geometric patterns directly with using chalk pen and rulers. We still do not understand why kits have so much popularity.
By learning the basic of a simple technique, the possibility in Sashiko projects can be infinite. I hope you will get the “technique and wisdom” instead of “a written direction made by someone”
It is kind of strange to encourage the market to “not to purchase the practice kit” even though we also have an article of advertising the new releasing Sashiko Practice Kit. Well, the Sashiko practice kit is a good value set for anyone who would like to enjoy Sashiko stitching, especially those who already took the Sashiko workshop. I just wanted to explain the background of the reasons why we do not offer written instruction. It isn’t about us being mean or secretive. It is about the message we would like to pass down in Sashiko stitching.
5 thoughts to “Sashiko Instruction | Learn the best strategy”
The reason why I want to purchase pre-printed sashiko panels is the picture is already drawn; for example, a crane in flight, or butterflies swarming around flowers. I cannot draw very well, so rather than waste my time doing something I know I am not good at, I’d rather support the artist who has the talent to draw the picture I am attempting to make.
Thank you for your comment, Aida.
Yes. We understand that there is a need for the stitcher like you. Therefore, we invested our time & money to come up with the “printing with washable ink” to make this kit happen. We hope to come up with more patterns and drawing as well. At the same time, I hope we share enough information that you can transfer the pattern/drawing as you wish with using the proper supplies. In order to make a pre-printed fabric with reasonable pricing, it has to be somewhat mass-produced. There is nothing wrong with mass-produced, but I want stitchers to enjoy the beauty of being creative. Learning the way to transfer the pattern/drawing will open up the more possibility.
For support to the artist, I completely agree with you. At the same time, I would like to support the company which keeps offering the necessary supplies to do “transferring the pattern/drawing”. It is not the matter of which is better or not. I wanted to make sure that we “choose’ to purchase the pre-printed as the option, not as the result of lacking the ability to have the alternatives.
This article resonates. As a participant in your Online Core and Basic Sashiko class, I found extraordinary value in learning the wisdom shared regarding basic hand posture, use of the palm thimble, wrist movements, etc. The more I stitch using the Core and Basic class/workshop techniques, the more the fabric, sashiko thread, needle and palm thimble “instruct” and inform me through the actual practice. Personally I enjoy drawing the patterns on fabric and experimenting from there; although I know many folks do prefer kits, of course, and respect that. Thanks for sharing Sashiko history and cultural perspective. The YouTube videos are so generous and helpful, especially after participating in the Online Core and Basic class which gives a great foundation.
Thank you for your comment, Kathy.
It means a lot to have the agreement from the actual graduate of my Workshop/Online Class. As you mentioned in the comment, you do not need to purchase the “pre-printed” fabric (at least for the patterns you learned) since it is MUCH easier and faster to draw it (&transfer it) by yourself. Also, I believe you would feel “strange” if I start telling the instruction of what to do step by step since you would move your needles as you feel. Even with this new design, if I tell you that you need to start with one particular pattern (let’s say Shippou), you would think “why?” since the core message is you can start from anywhere you want by following the principle of not wasting the thread unnecessary.
Again, thank you very much for your feedback. It gives me confidence in saying that, “by learning the core, your possibility in Sashiko will be much bigger than before”. Once you learn the core & basic, no need to have the instruction. It will be your own project rather than following someone’s pattern.
(Keep) enjoy Sashiko!