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Online Sashiko Class | Anywhere Anytime.

It is my pleasure to start offering the Sashiko Online Class via videos on our Vimeo page & Follow-Up Live Session. In order to avoid any unfortunate misunderstandings, please read carefully this “Online Sashiko Class Terms and Conditions” before signing up here.

【Last Update: Jan.2024 // Class is available as of 2024】

What is Included in Online Sashiko Class

Online Videos to Learn [Core & Essence] of 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 aren’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).
  • Another fabric to practice the rhythm & to make a tote bag or something “usable” (Thinner Cotton Fabric)
  • 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 #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 Live Sashiko Session 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.

  • 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 Online Sashiko 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 to watch, and they will understand Sashiko as they want to understand. It will not achieve the goal I set for the Online Sashiko 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 & Essence] 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 & on the Welcome Email. You will receive an email when we change the password.

You receive one ticket to join the Online Live Session, 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 want to 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. Also, if you are a graduate of Atsushi’s In-Person Sashiko Workshop [Core & Essence] (6 hours or longer Workshop), you are eligible to take the Online Live Session. Please purchase the ticket AFTER confirming if you have taken the [Core & Essence] Workshop.

Terms and Conditions for Sashiko Online Class

  • All the participants of the Sashiko Online Class read this article & registration description 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: Feb. 2022]

27 thoughts to “Online Sashiko Class | Anywhere Anytime.”

  1. Dear Atushi & Keiko,
    Although I have only most recently learned about your Sashiko instructions thanks to a friend who has taken your class I wish to congratulate you for your endeavour in bringing this to the public. MoreoverI wish to say that I would imagine on social media of which I personally refuse to be a part there was ignorance on the part of many individuals. Do not let this worry you! Pay no attention to condescending and ignorant people and go ahead bringing your skills to your students.
    I am a collector of Mingei and have been exhibiting for the past forty years for which I may say that there are many antique sashiko textiles. I find that what you are offering is very innovative and may bring a little known skill to the western world. Congratulations once again!

    Jeffrey Montgomery, Switzerland

    1. Dear Jeffrey,

      Thank you for your comment.
      It was a long way, and not an easy one, to bring our Sashiko to the public. We are still trying, but thanks to those who understand and support us, we feel the progress here.

      I hope to share more stories and wisdom here and there. Please come back to share your insight.


    1. Hello,

      The Online Sashiko Class is available (As of May 2nd, 2020).
      Please click the link on this article.

      Thank you.

  2. I want to join your online class and purchase materials.
    I don’t see costs for either the class or the supplies. I also need a schedule.
    Can you help me to register, please?

    1. Hello,

      All of the information to take the Online Class is listed on this article, including a link to the purchase page. Due to the character of “Online learning”, please make sure to read all of the contents and understand what we offer before signing up to avoid unfortunate misunderstanding.

      Thank you for your interest & time to read the description.

      Best Regards,

  3. Thank you for going out of the box which gives opportunities for people to learn this art. I accidentally stumbled upon sashiko and love to learn more, and so happy to read that your willing to share this knowledge and pass it on. Advance thank you!
    Truly an honor and hope I can invest in your online class this month.

    1. Dear Isabella,

      Thank you very much for your comment. I sincerely appreciate your respect.
      I am looking forward to sharing our Sashiko thorough Online Sashiko Class.

      Best Regards,

  4. Hello. I live in California and am interested i your online classes. I read the article. Unfortunately the Buy Now feature will not work for me.
    Thank you. Laura

  5. Hello,
    My name is Lorna and am from New ZeLand . I would love to participate in the Online Sashiko Class . Could you please tell me if it is possible to get material package posted to N Z .
    Many thanks

    1. Hello Lorna,

      Thank you very much for your comment.
      Yes, we can make a package to New Zealand with an extra shipping fee of as little as $7.50 USD. We used to be able to offer a free shipping from Japan to New Zealand, but due to Covid-19, we need to charge some shipping fee. Please register the class and we will contact you for the shipping options with the details.

      We are looking forward to meeting you online!

      Best Regards,

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