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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




3 hours





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


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.


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Sashiko Thread Available on

I accomplished one of my resolution in 2017, providing our Sashiko thread to more Sashiko lovers.


Our Sashiko Thread (manufactured by Coron) is available on

Mono Color Sashiko Thread –

Variegated Color Sashiko Thread –





Due to the limited numbers of stock, we are not able to list the natural dye thread. We hope, one day, Keiko can produce at least 20 skeins of thread and list it most convenient market place. I am working on applying the thread to Amazon Prime, so it will be more comfortable starting sometime in February.


For U.S. residents, and Atsushi’s new brand shopping site would be the easiest place to get our thread. (No need to pay $18 flat shipping fee.)

Check it out!


Sentence: Atsushi Futatsuya

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Hitomezashi Workshop / Step.1

The first step to make “it” happen.

We are happy to announce Atsushi will start the HitomeZashi Workshop.


*Prerequisite: Asano-ha Sashiko Stithch Workshop

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

“When do you offer the workshop to make ‘it’?”

When Sayaka (the organizer of my workshops) shows her Sashiko jackets, many participants asked me this question, when do I teach you how to make Hitome-Zashi Sashiko like the photo.

I replied that I need a lot of preparation to offer the Hitomezashi workshop. I kept my words, and finally I am ready to offer the first Hitomezashi workshop.

However, please understand that this workshop will not provide the material / tutorials to make the jacket above. The jacket in the photo is the ultimate result of all the information and techniques we have as Sashiko professional, so we have to take several steps to reach you there.

In this workshop, “Hitomezashi Part.1”, I will teach you what “Hitomezashi” is and how to do it on plain Indigo Dye fabric.

The picture shows the material, which will be use in the workshop. The participants will bring this back to your home, with your Sashiko stitches. The participant may learn how to Sashiko on the Hitomezashi pattern, how to create your original (unique) Hitomezashi pattern, and how to implement it to your own project.

This workshop require the experience and knowledge from Asano-ha Sashiko Stitch workshop. The way we hold needle is one of the key to make beautiful Sashiko patterns. Therefore, we set a rule of Prerequisite of Asano-Ha Sashiko Stitch Workshop.

After this workshop, we have a few steps to make “it” happen.

Here are the example of steps we look forward to:

(Not included in this workshop… sorry.)

  • Creating and implementing the unique Hitomezashi pattern by using a grid on fabrics
  • Layering several patterned fabric and make beautiful Hitomezashi patterns
  • Practicing Hitomezashi Sashiko on “patterned” fabric by using the pattern as grid.
  • Finding the good fabrics to Hitomezashi, from both aspect of quality and patterns.

In order to make these steps available to public, we have to find good fabric to do the workshop with. If I am doing the workshop for one or two participants, we could use the vintage fabric. (Well, the cost of workshop will skyrocket.). Good vintage fabric (Kasuri / cotton 100%) is the best materials for Hitomezashi.


Please let us have some time to prepare the Hitomezashi workshop part. 2. Meanwhile, the participants can practice Hitomezashi Sashiko on different fabrics for own projects. The final workshop for Hitomezashi will require a set of all the skills and techniques I have shared (including the techniques I will share in future workshops)

Let’s start the first step of this exciting Sashiko journey!

Sample of Hitomezashi Sashiko with vintage fabric. Let’s get to this level by taking the first step in the workshop.

Please register yourself on Curious Corner’s website (Sayaka, my organizer’s webpage).

Hitomezashi Workshop Part.1

Schedule for Hitomezashi Workshop in 2017:

Saturday, Feb 25, 16:00-19:00

Fee (per day):


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

Futatsuya guides you through first steps to master “Hitomezashi,” one of traditional sashiko techniques to layer and reinforce fabric with reversible embroidery. You will be stitching traditional “kakino-ha” (persimmon leaves) pattern on indigo fabric large enough to make a table mat.

*You require to take Futatsuya’s Sashiko Stitching Workshop to join this class. Please bring sashiko needle and skein from the class. Sashiko threads are included in the class. Additional materials are available for purchase during the class.

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Sashiko Salon: Get together again.

Let’s get together, Sashiko Salon!

We are happy to announce that we will open a pop-up Sashiko Salon in 2017.

*This salon is only for Atsushi’s Asano-ha Sashiko Stitch Workshop graduates.

*For the salon schedule, I will list all the plans in 2017.

“We would like to get together again, to share the Sashiko project, to ask questions each other (and to Atsushi), so we won’t miss a nice group of people.”

I am so lucky to meet very nice people throughout my workshops. I hear the voice from participants and I strongly agree with the feedback. It is nice to get together and share the Sashiko works you have done / have been working on. Sashiko create very calming and relaxing time, but at the same time, it is nice to have people, who all love doing Sashiko, around.

It is like a day ticket to come in to the workshop room.

You are welcome to listen to the Asano-ha Sashiko Stitch Workshop, which will be going on at some point of Sashiko Salon time-frame. When the Sashiko workshop is not ongoing, you are welcome to ask Atsushi any questions regarding Sashiko. Sashiko thread, vintage/Indigo Sashiko fabric, needles and thimbles, and other supplies will be available with discounted price (10% off from regular price). Bring your own projects and enjoy Sashiko with other graduates!

Here are some rules in the Sashiko Salon.

  • This is not hands-on workshop. Atsushi will neither teach you nor direct you to do Sashiko project. Please bring your own project to the salon.
  • Atsushi will be available to the questions regarding Sashiko, and the workshop materials he covered in the Asano-ha Sashiko Stitch Workshop. Questions such as “How do I tailer the sample bag?” or “How do I Sashiko with Shippou patterns?” will not be answered fully. Atsushi will do his best to answer the questions and accommodate the needs, but the time with Atsushi may be limited.
  • For those who participates to the Salon, Atsushi plans to provide “Mini-workshop (like a 5 to 15 min)” based on the request. (An additional fee may occur / he is thinking $5 to #20, depending on the materials he covers)
  • During the regular Asano-ha Sashiko Stitch Workshop, Salon participants are not allowed to ask questions to Atsushi, unless you register yourself to the Asano-ha Sashiko Stitch Workshop. I would like to be as fair as possible.


Please register yourself on Curious Corner’s website (Sayaka, my organizer’s webpage).


Schedule and advertisement for Sashiko Salon in 2017:

Friday, Feb 24, 13:00 – 20:00
Monday, Feb 27, 10:00 – 13:30

Fee (per day):


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

Sashiko Salon is for those who have taken Atsushi Futatsuya’s Sashiko Stitching Class (not Sashiko Mending Class). Come by anytime during the hours with your current sashiko projects. It is a great opportunity to meet other sashiko lovers and ask specific questions to Futatsuya.

Please note this is not hands-on workshop. Sashiko Stitching class will go on in the same space during the salon. It is great opportunity for you to review the class, but you may not join the workshop and Futatsuya will only be available to answer your questions between his lectures. Please make sure to bring your own project to work on during the salon.

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Sashiko Year of 2017 | Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya

It was such a pleasure to host Sashiko workshops in 2016.

We plan to develop more workshops and web-service in 2017. We look forward to serving you for better Sashiko life.



Sashiko workshop



For Sashiko workshop

Atsushi will host several workshops including basic “Asano-ha” pattern one, mending workshops, and finally “Hitome-zashi” workshops. The location is mainly in NYC or Brooklyn area, but Atsushi is open to discuss about options to offer workshops in USA.



Online Shopping Sashiko Supplies

This website is the main website of Keiko’s business located in Japan. All of the products on this website will be shipped from Japan to you. In order to maintain the safe and comfortable shopping experience, please understand that we have $18.00 Flat Rate shipping to most of the countries in the world.  (We now offer free shipping to the order with $300 purchase.)


Atsushi, who lives in the US, will start his own projects soon, and the same Sashiko supplies will be available with US domestic shipping fee (USPS). For more information, please visit the web-service listed below. Also, some supplies are available in some workshops Atsushi hosts (as a form of pop-up store.)


Also, we have “Kimonomomo” as our supplier in the US. Kimonomomo participates in some textile shows and exhibits throughout the year. Please contact her if you are interested in checking our supplies directly in these shows.


For Australian residence, we have “Indigo Niche” as our distributor.
If you live in besides these countries, USA, Australia, and Japan, shopping on this website will be the best deal regardless the $18.00 shipping flat rate. Please contact me if you have any special requests. Atsushi will be happy to accommodate what we can do.



Sashiko Tutorials and information database


It has been my goal (or resolution) every year… Since my daughter starts going to day-care, I will have more time to focus on Sashiko. I hope I can provide more tutorials and update the information database. Message me or ask me for the update so I will keep myself busy (or motivated…)




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About Product Price and Shipment

Thank you for visiting our Sashiko Web shop.

All of the products on this website will be shipped from Japan, with Japanese Postel Service (via Air, not via Ship). No matter how small the order is, the flat rate shipping fee of $18.00 will be applied to your order.


We have several distributors in the world, one in Australia and 2 (including Atsushi) in the U.S. These distributors covers all the shipping, insurance, tax and other things, so the price you may see on their website or on their counter at the textile show may be more expensive than the price on this website.

Please be advised that the price on this website is for the products shipped from Japan. The customer will be responsible for the shipping fee, and if necessary, custom and duty.


Atsushi is also planning to open an “Amazon Prime qualified account” on Amazon USA so people can enjoy the hassle free shipping experience. (There is an account already, but not prime qualified yet.)


We will try our best to arrange the most comfortable shopping environment for customers. Please be patient, and give me feedback so I can work on improving the issues first.




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Sashiko Mending Workshop Details.

Sashiko Workshops in NYC, Again!

I am so happy to share that I am hosting Sashiko workshops again in NYC. Thanks to Sayaka @ Curious Corners, a stay-at-home father like me got a great opportunity. I am very fortuned to meet the participants.


2 kinds of Sashiko Workshops

I host two types of workshops this time. One workshop is about Sashiko stitching from the traditional aspect of Sashiko culture, “Sashiko Stitching Workshop“. Sashiko Stitching Workshop is the fundamental workshop in order to learn what Sashiko is, and I received so many good comments and feedback on the Sashiko (Basic) Stitching workshop.




Another workshop I host is “Sashiko Mending Workshop.”

Today, let me share what I do on the Sashiko Mending Workshop.

This workshop focuses on “what Sashiko can do” rather than “what Sashiko is.” I will not talk about the Sashiko traditions deeply (of course, I will share my knowledge about Sashiko), and I will not introduce the technique I want all Sashiko learners to understand and master (of course, I will show you how, but we spend more time on the actual mending process rather than practicing how to do Sashiko).


Participants to the Sashiko Mending workshop will get FOUR kinds of fabrics including Indigo dye cotton fabric and denim fabric made in Japan. Each fabric is large enough to cover a big hole up to 8″ x 8″. Sashiko thimble, needles and a skein of Sashiko thread are also included to the workshop. I even show you how to transfer the pattern on the fabric briefly.


The goal of Sashiko Mending Workshop

The goal of this “Sashiko Mending Workshop” is to give participants enough resources to repair their garment by using some Sashiko technique and culture. I will not go into details, but you will have basic techniques and information without focusing actual Sashiko techniques. (Some participants who enjoyed my workshop experience so-called “uncomfortableness of stitching” because of how we use Sashiko Thimble. If you would like to learn and master how to use the thimble in our way, please join the Sashiko Stitching Workshop.)


*The photo is sample jeans repaired by us.


In addition to that… !!

The participants will be able to choose their favorite Vintage and/or Sashiko fabric from my collections. The size varies based on the type of fabrics, but even for the most valuable fabric, participants will get large enough to patch a basic Jeans hole on knee area (about 4″ x 6″).


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It is very challenging to get good vintage fabrics.

It is even more challenging to get good Sashiko on the good vintage fabric.


We provide that.

My goal is to share how to repair participants’ garments by their hands, using some Sashiko techniques. It also means that my goal is to share how we can appreciate to the fabric. At the same time, I would like to share how cool the one-of-a-kind garment can be. In order to achieve my goal and dream, this vintage fabric is an ideal item on the workshop.


Of course, the vintage and/or Sashiko fabric (the piece of 6″ x 4″ or more)  is Free of Charge for Sashiko Mending Workshop Participants. It is included to the workshop price.

*6″ x 4″ means 6 inch x 4 inch, which is about 15cm x 10cm.


I will write about Sashiko Mending Workshop more later. It will be so much fun to get together and mend your favorite garment with our Sashiko Vintage Fabric.


We have limited seat available for both workshops. If you are interested, please register!


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Tools to enjoy a Sashiko project | Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya

I sometimes receive questions about what kind of tools and materials we use for our Sashiko project. They are very common tools, so here is a list of tools we use.



Sashiko Project

For Sashiko

  • Sashiko thread (it has to have some thickness)
  • Sashiko needle (it has to be long enough to fit the Sashiko thimble)
  • Sashiko thimble, a round shape on a palm
  • Pin pillow
  • Thread Cutting Scissors

For sewing/tailoring the Sashiko fabric

  • Sewing Thread for Machine
  • Sewing Machine needle
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Dressmaker pins
  • Tailor’s marking chalk
  • Dressmaker’s tracing wheel / Tracing pen
  • “Chakopee” / Dressmaker’s tracing paper
  • Seam Ripper
  • Variety of Fabrics, including:
    • Lining
    • Fusible (Inter-facing Fusible)

Enjoy your Sashiko project with tools from Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya

Most of them can be purchased in your local hobby stores or online.

Some of them are unique, and maybe available only in Japan (Such as Chakopee or thread cutting scissors). When we have enough budget, we will try to provide them on this web store.



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Some of our items are on Etsy.

Sashiko Jacket & Bags are on Etsy now!

Thanks to our partners all over the world, our Sashiko items are on many people’s eye. We are very thrilled to introduce what we make & what we are proud of. They are all One-of-the-kind items.


Some Jackets & Bags are with Indigo Niche, in Australia.

Some Jacket and Bags are on Etsy by Kimonomomo & Sashi.Co Etsy shop.


Kimonomomo has…

and MORE!!


If you are interested, please contact (or make a purchase) to above partners. Thank you!

*Items listed on Etsy will be returned to Japan in December 2016.










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Contact from us


Thank you for your interest in Sashiko. Please let me mention about a Contact from Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya.


We will contact you when;

  1. you subscribe our newsletter, and a few times per month (or a few times in a year…), we will send you the newsletter with recent updates.
  2. you make an order on our website, and Atsushi realizes that he needs to add more information or ask more detail regarding your order.

Either cases, the e-mail or newsletter will be sent from either e-mail address below.

  • sashikoatsushi @
  • info @

I am working on shifting e-mails to the business account, but there is possibility that you may receive the e-mails from the gmail account. If you set up your mailbox to reject e-mails from the gmail (or free mailing account) please allow my gmail account.


Thank you for your attention.

I hope to see you, to talk to you, or to e-mail you soon.