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Sashiko Live Stream & We ship internationally

Sashiko LIve Stream now with Atsushi

We thought it would require so many preparations to start the live streaming to share how we do Sashiko. In fact, it was as simple as a small tripod and a smartphone. Now, I am on Sashiko Live Stream. I enjoy talking with viewers who share the similar interest, and happy to share what I am proud of.

 

Here is a sample of Live Streaming on Youtube. I also stream on Instagram.

Basic schedule of Sashiko Live Stream

  • Regular Sashiko Stitching Stream on Instagram: Every Tuesday and Friday around 9 am EST (US New York Time Zone).
  • Sashiko mending Stream: Since I plan to keep them in form of archives, I will do so on Youtube.

 

 

What you can get from Sashiko Live Stream

I receive a lot of validation that it is rare to see the actual person stitching. The Sashiko Live Stream is not designed to teach you how to Sashiko. However, it sure will be beneficial to see how a Sashiko artist makes stitches. I am happy to answer the questions throughout the comment field.

I believe many people share the same questions.

As we build up many questions and answers, I will make the website to share the information as Q&A website.

We ship what I use to your country

 

“What kind of needle do you use?”

“How do I get the Sashiko thread?”

 

These questions related to the supplies are the common question. The tools and supplies I use are specifically designed for Sashiko purpose. Therefore, my stitching is smoother and more accurate. In order to have a great result with comfortable Sashiko experience, getting the appropriate tools and supplies is a necessary process.

 

For those who live in a country where you cannot get Sashiko supplies, we make an International Shipping.

As long as Japan Post goes, we ship our thread, needle, thimble, fabric, and whatever on the website to your country. Please check out our web store.

 

Sashiko LIve Streaming

 

The goal is to share the beauty of Sashiko and its culture

 

The goal of what I am doing throughout Sashiko Live Stream is to share the beauty of Sashiko stitching and its culture “Appreciation to what we have.” We have workshops to teach you how to do it intensively. I am planning to make an online workshop so you can learn what I do the daily basis.

Meanwhile, I would like to just share how hand-stitching can be beneficial to your life in many possible way.

 

Let’s enjoy Sashiko.

 

 

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Atsushi’s Sashiko Workshop in NYC

Atsushi's Sashiko Workshop in NYC

Thanks to many friends of ours, Atsushi is again able to host Sashiko Workshop in NYC. Atsushi established an LLC named Upcycle Stitches. This is the first workshop Upcycle Stitches LLC host the workshop in NYC. Please join this happy opportunity and learn our enjoyable Sashiko. Here is the detail of Atsushi’s Sashiko Workshop in NYC.

Atsushi's Sashiko Workshop 3

 

What does Atsushi’s Sashiko Workshop Offer?

 

In 3 hours of intensive workshop, you will learn how to use Sashiko long needle and a unique shaped Sashiko thimble appropriately. Sashiko is pretty simple to start. After all, it is just a form of hand-stitching. However, learning the appropriate technique how to use the appropriate tools would maximize your Sashiko experience.

 

Atsushi's Sashiko Workshop 13

 

It is an informative workshop. At the same time, Atsushi spends a lot of time on actual stitching. You will spend most of the time stitching the most popular, and the traditional Asano-ha pattern to make either Tote-bag, Placemat, or several coasters. The participants will receive all the materials and tools. No need to bring any tools.

 

Atsushi's Sashiko Workshop 2

 

Please purchase a ticket to participate in the workshop.

 

Here is the detail of November Atsushi’s Sashiko Workshop in NYC.

 

 

Date: November 11th (Sat). 3 pm to 6 pm | November 12th (Sun). 2 pm to 5 pm.

Location: A private space in Tribeca Neighborhood

Fee: $135.00 for 3 hours.

 

The workshop comes with:

– Sashiko needles

– Sashiko thimble

– Skein of white sashiko thread (approx. 145 meters)

– Sashiko Thread Bobbin Paper

– Indigo fabric with Asano-ha patterns printed on

– Interfacing and Cotton Poplin fabric for tailoring the project at home

– PDF data of extra Japanese Traditional Sashiko Patterns

– Access to Atsushi by e-mail with questions regarding the workshop and follow-up

We do not require previous stitching or embroidery experience to take this class. All tools are provided. You are welcome to bring your own sewing tools, but not necessary. This kit has large enough fabric and material to make a tote bag, placemats, or several coasters after completing the Sashiko stitching.

 

 

We keep this journey, to offer Atsushi’s Sashiko Workshop in your place.

As of 2017, we can only offer these Sashiko workshops in limited places. Atsushi can offer the Sashiko Workshops in North East Coast of the United States. Keiko can offer customized workshops in Japan. We will keep this journey to introduce what Sashiko is. One day, we hope that we can offer our Sashiko workshop in your place.

 

Follow up and let’s share Sashiko together.

 

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Natural Dye Threads | Indigo & Kakishibu

Natural Dye Threads Cover

In the summer of 2017, Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya released the two beautiful Natural Dye Threads to the market. Indigo Dyed Sashiko Thread and Kakishibu Dyed Sashiko Thread. These two Natural Dye Sashiko Thread are not only our products to introduce what we believe in Sashiko but also our dream in practicing Sashiko with Japanese vintage fabric.

*The USA residence can purchase the thread in Upcycle Stitches Store.

 

Natural Dye Threads from Great Nature

We are fortuned to have these six colors from the Nature. Two shades of Indigo Blue and four shades of Kakishibu Gold. In the long history of Sashiko, the natural dye thread and its colors played a big role. The color changes provided by the natural colors contributed the big picture of Boro and other Sashiko pieces. We are happy to follow the traditional path by having the Indigo and Kakishibu Sashiko thread in our collection. And, of course, to share these beautiful thread with you.

Indigo Dye Sashiko Thread 2

Persimmon Kakishibu Dye Sashiko

 

 

Keiko does her best to produce the “regularly colored” thread. Although they are hand-dyed with natural dyes, we can barely see the color variegation (besides the one she dyed purposefully for that). Please expect that every thread has the even color throughout the 145 meter long. It is much easier to make the irregularly colored thread. We just wanted to be as professional & artisans as we can.

 

 

 

Indigo Dye Sashiko Thread

 

*Purchase the Indigo Dye Sashiko Thread

*The article about Indigo Dye by Atsushi

Natural Dye Threads Indigo

 

 

 

Kakishibu (Persimmon Tannin) Sashiko Thread

 

*Purchase the Kakishibu Dye Sashiko Thread

*The article about Kakishibu Dye by Atsushi

Persimmon Kakishibu Dye Sashiko Thread bobbin thread / Natural Dye Threads

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For U.S. Residence / Better Sashiko Shopping Experience

Upcycle Stitches LLC

This is a post for the U.S. residence, who has an address in the United States of America, to provide the Better Sashiko Shopping  Experience.


Sashiko Upcycle Stitches Better Sashiko Shopping

We strive for the better service, Better Sashiko Shopping

Atsushi started a business which provides Sashiko workshops and supplies in the U.S. with the name of “Upcycle Stitches“. Atsushi provides the same threads and supplies you can get from this Sashi.Co online store.

Since this Sashi.Co Online store is located in Japan, it has a quite expensive shipping fee. It is for the safety and reassurance that customer can receive the order without issues. In addition to the expensive shipping fee, the customer may have to cover the custom/duty. It also takes about 5 to 10 business days to complete the delivery.

 

Therefore, if you reside in the U.S. please consider “Upcycle Stitches” as your option to shop online.

As the default, Upcycle Stitches has reasonable domestic shipping fee (about 2.70 USD). The delivery usually complete within a few days. Atsushi is available for negotiation regarding big orders.

 

Our goal is to introduce Sashiko

Our goal is the same, both Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya and Upcycle Stitches; to introduce Sashiko to the world. In order to achieve our goal, we will improve our service regarding online shopping and etc. Since we are 2 people business (Keiko & Atsushi), it may be as quick as the other big business, but we strive for the better service to meet your satisfaction.

 

 

Better Sashiko Shopping / Atsushi & Keiko

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A small Sashiko mending project in one warm day.

Surprisingly nice warm day in February of Pensylvania. I decided to do a small Sashiko mending project in a warm sunlight. What do you do when you find a hole in your jeans? I repair it with Sashiko stitching. Sashiko Mending Project, here it goes!

 

I am hosting Sashiko Mending Workshop at Pioneer Works on Feb 26th. I will cover the whole process of this project and more.

If you are near NYC, Get you registered and come to see me!

 

 

Afternoon Sashiko Mending Process with pictures

 

 

Match the Sashiko fabric to jeans. Ah… it is so bright and warm outside.

The Sashiko fabric on the photo is the leftover (the edge after trimming) from different Sashiko project by “Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya” Preparing and making the Sashiko fabric is the most enjoyable part of Sashiko… and picking the best matching fabric is the most exciting time. I choose this Japanese vintage fabric, layered with red vintage one.

 

Sashiko Mending 2

 

The fabric has 2 layers. It looked a bit frayed on the edge. I used a sewing machine to trim the edge for easier repair. Prepare the needle and thread.

Sashiko Mending 2

Use any thread to do Basting. No need to do it if the project is simple. I still need to do basting to get the better result… more practice.

Sashiko Mending 4

 

I used blind stitching technique here to attach the fabric to the jeans.

Yes, I am patching the fabric from the back so the jeans will have the main fabric from the hole. I also used the Natural Indigo Dyed Sashiko thread here. The better Sashiko thread I use, the better result I get. Don’t forget to use our Sashiko thread for the best purpose.

 

Sashiko Mending 3

 

Sashiko Mended / Repaired Jeans is cool, I believe.

Done! I am pretty satisfied the result. It will get better by using this jeans since the damage will make it more natural.

Mending Sashiko Jeans

 

Mending Process 5

 

It took about 1 ~ 2 hours to complete the mending and repairing process, including the matching the fabric time and excluding the Sashiko fabric preparation.

 

Upcycle it to get another value.

Sashiko is a process of repairing / reinforcing the fabric to repurpose. Upcycing the fabric is our daily mission. I hope this small project will share some insight of the beauty of Sashiko and mending.

 

 

 

Come to see me at Sashiko Mending Workshop @ Pioneer Works on Feb 26th.

 

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Before the FIT speech on 2/27 ~ about Atsushi and Sashiko

A week to go to the FIT speech. Exciting and nervous.

This is a blog entry to introduce who Atsushi is, and what Sashiko ism before the speech at Fashion Institute of Technology, on February 27th.

 

About Atsushi and Sashiko.

Hello, my name is Atsushi Futatsuya.

I was born in Japan, as the third generation of a surviving sashiko family in Gifu prefecture. Sashiko was around me since my childhood. A needle and threads were part of my daily life, and the Sashiko artisans with doing Sashiko on the fabric was my ordinary scenery.

 

 

After my father passed away, my mother and I established the project called, “Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya (Design with Sashiko)” to introduce what Sashiko is, to the world. Our goal is to upcycle and repurpose the

Our goal is to upcycle and re-purpose the fabric, and share the technique and culture of Sashiko by creating Sashiko arts.

 

What is Sashiko?

Sashiko is a process of stitching for mending, enforcing, and decorating the fabric. We use unique thimbles and needles to make stitches all over the fabric with various kinds of patterns and designs.

 

 

Sashiko was developed in a small snowy village, where the Japanese people experienced difficulty to get enough fabric to make extra garments. One farmer kept wearing the same jackets for his entire life, and even passed it downed to the son. They repeated mending and repairing the fabric. And they cared the detail to make it beautiful in such a severe situation.

 

In Sashi.Co, we collect Japanese vintage fabric and perform Sashiko on it to make the Jackets or Bags to introduce Sashiko.

 

 

 

FIT Speech / Power of Repurposing

Let me stop here so I will not share all the FIT Speech materials on this blog.

The theme of presentation will be “Power of Repourposing”: the impression I have after living with Sashiko for a long time.

 

If you are interested in these keywords below, I believe I can share the unique view from unique hand-craft industry.

  • Japanese Vintage Fabric / Boro
  • Japanese Hand-made Art
  • Japanese “Outside” Art
  • Sashiko and Stitching (Embroidery)
  • Fashion with One-of-a-kind

 

Our core concepts are “Up-cycle” and “Repurpose” the fabric, with appreciating to the fabric.

We hope to see you soon.

 

Faces & Places in Fashion (FIT)さんの投稿 2017年2月15日(水)

 

 

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Schedule for Sashiko workshop / public speech for Feb 24th to 27th

Here is a reminder note for those who are interested in Sashiko workshops and public speech at FIT next week.

I am so happy to come back to NYC/Brooklyn to share what I am proud of. It is a fantastic way to expand your view of different culture in fashion.

Schedule for Workshops

Workshops at Better Than Jam (East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Location:

20 Grattan St. Brooklyn, NY 11206

(2 min walk from Morgan Stop on L-train) 

Click workshop title to find details & book.

Friday, Feb 24
16:00-19:00 Sashiko Stitching

13:00- 20:00 Sashiko Salon*

Saturday, Feb 25 

12:00-15:00 Sashiko Stitching
16:00-19:00 Hitomezashi Technique*

Monday, Feb 27

10:00-13:00 Sashiko Stitching
10:00-13:30 Sashiko Salon*
 
*Available only for those who have taken Sashiko Stitching class. 

 

Workshop at Pioneer Works (Red Hook, Brooklyn)

Location:

159 Pioneer St. Brooklyn, NY

pioneerworks.org

Sunday, Feb 26

11:00-14:00 Sashiko Stitching
15:00-18:00 Sashiko Mending

 

Do not forget to register your seat

http://www.curiouscorners.com/sashikoworkshop

Speech at Fashion Institute of Technology

I will talk about the history of Sashiko as well as why it survived to the 21st century. It is open to general public (free of charge). Please come join us to the FIT, katie Murphy Amphitheater to enjoy what Atsushi thinks about Sashiko and his career.

Some sample of Boro and Sashiko Jackets will be displayed for touching and feeling actual works.

Faces & Places in Fashion (FIT)さんの投稿 2017年2月15日(水)

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The core material for better Sashiko result; Sashiko thread.

Make Sashiko beautiful by using thread for Sashiko purpose

 

I always say that Sashiko practitioner can use any kinds of materials; there are no rules for Sashiko. However, there are some tricks to make Sashiko beautiful. One of the tricks is to use the proper thread for Sashiko.

Any embroidery floss can work on the fabric. But using our Coron/Sashi.Co thread will create the best result in terms of richness of stitching.

 

A variety of colors & a variety of way to get Sashiko Thread

Coron / Sashi.Co Sashiko thread have large selection of colors. Natural Dye thread is always the most popular product. Synthetic dye thread will also give you the result of beautiful stitches.

 

Jump to thread page for purchase.

 

They are all 145 meter long, and it has reasonable price considering the size of thread. (Market leader, Olympus has $2.25 for 20 meter skein. Our price is 13.50 for 145 meter. We have cheaper thread for a meter price! )

 

If you are living in the U.S. there is an option to get our thread from Amazon with prime benefit. You will get it within 2 days.

 
Sashiko requires a lot of time and effort to complete one project. It is very enjoyable and rewarding.

Since you will spend a lot of time of your life to make a good Sashiko piece, why don’t you try the best thread we as Sashiko professional always use?

 

Happy Sashiko life!

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A Company in the United Sutates

Next step in the United States regarding Sashiko

Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya has been an individual project for Keiko Futatsuya, and her son, Atsushi, has been helping and supporting Keiko to share Sashi.Co’s product to the world, in English.

 

 

Since Atsushi has been a stay-at-home-dad as his full-time job, in spite of his best try, sometimes the order process gets delayed compared to our goal. From 2017, his daughter started going to the day-care, so the process would be more smooth and will meet our expectation.

 

Also, as Atsushi’s next step, we established a company in the U.S. to expand the market in the U.S.

 

http://upcyclestitches.com/

 

In Upcycle Stitches LLC, we will provide opportunities to host workshops, provide the Sashiko materials as well as some Japanese hand-made crafts, and share the precious information about the Japanese Mingei as well as the other traditional culture.

 

 

We strive to introduce Japanese “hand-made” natural products/services, which appreciate the tradition and nature, up-cycling what we have(had) been cultivating.

 

We will get better by receiving the reviews and feedbacks from customers and participants. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you for your support!

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Sashiko Stitching Workshop / The First Step of Sashiko

Sashiko Stitching Workshop in 2017

Are you interested in Sashiko? Would you like to get a hand-on workshop to learn what Sashiko is?

We are very happy to announce that we can continue to offer the Sashiko Stitching Workshop in 2017. Thanks to all the participants in the workshops and its feedback, Atsushi will be back to NYC / Brooklyn.

*For the workshop schedule, scroll down to the bottom.

What you can expect in Sashiko Workshop

Sashiko Stitching Workshop comes with all the materials and supply you need to start Sashiko stitching (embroidery). No experience in stitching is required. Participants can bring own sewing tools (such as needles and thimbles), but it is neither requirement for this workshop.

 

In the workshop, we provide

  • Indigo Fabric with “Asano-Ha(麻の葉)” pattern pre-printed on.
  • Large size and good amount of fabric to make a Tote-bag, a placemat, or a table runner. (Including interlining)
  • Sashiko Thread (While / #12)
  • Needles and Thimble for Sashiko
Sample Photo of Asano-ha pattern

 

 

*Please find a blog entry about Asano-Ha Pattern (Coming Soon).

 

Atsushi share his Sashiko experience and technique on Youtube.

 

Sashiko Stitching Workshop will cover the similar materials, and hands-on teaching to you until you get the way we do Sashiko. It is a bit challenging to share everything on Youtube. Although I will enrich our Youtube tutorial, this workshop will improve your Sashiko techniques. For those who have never learned Sashiko before, this will be an eye-opening experience. (We use needle and thimble very uniquely comparing to Western Style Embroidery or Stitching)

So far, this workshop received 5-star rating (out of 5) from every single participants. I am very happy that what I can offer is what people are longing for to receive.

 

Participants Reviews for Sashiko Stitching WOrkshop (Coming Soon)

 

 

Sashiko Stitching Workshop Schedule in 2017

 

 

Duration:

3 hours

Price:

$138.00

 

Dates:

Friday, Feb 24, 16:00-19:00
Saturday, Feb 25, 12:00-15:00
Monday, Feb 27, 10:00- 13:00

Location:

Better Than Jam
20 Grattan St. Brooklyn, NY 11206
*2 min walk from Morgan stop on L-train

Futatsuya gives three-hour hands-on session of basic sashiko technique to stitch traditional “asanoha” (hemp leaf) pattern. You will go home with a fabric large enough to make a tote bag, placemat, patchworking, or your own project after the workshop. The workshop comes with a complete kit of sashiko needles, a sashiko thimble, a skein of white sashiko thread, and fabric with asano-ha patterns printed on. You do not need to bring any tools, but you are also welcome to bring you own sewing tools.