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About our Physical Sashiko Store

Physical Sashiko Store

Thank you for finding our Sashiko Website. This is a blog post about our Physical Sashiko Store.

We have been receiving many questions regarding a visit to our Sashiko store. Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya is located in Takayama, Gifu, Japan, however, we still do not have a physical storefront where a visitor can look at our Sashiko items. You may be able to visit Keiko for the workshop or the shopping by appointment. Please contact us for the detail after reading some agreement below.

 

There is a Sashiko store called “Hida Sashiko” in Takayama.

We are no longer related to the store. My father (Keiko’s husband) used to be the president of the store (&company). However, after his decease, my mother and I took a different path. Please do not ask about us in the Hida Sashiko store because they are not related. 

 

Agreement for making an appointment

Please contact Atsushi for more detail after reading the agreements below.

 

  • The reply to your inquiry will be returned by “info@sashico.com” or “sashikoatsushi@gmail.com.” Please make a reply to the Atsushi’s reply. There are so many cases that we do not hear back. We have to avoid that to continue our service in English.
  • For the workshop appointment, we will send you an estimate of the fee for the workshop. There, we will ask for the small deposit for the workshop.
  • For the shopping/browsing appointment, we will charge you around 3,00 JPY to 5,000 JPY deposit fee for avoiding “No Show-Up.” The 5,000 JPY can be used for the items you would purchase from us. Please tell me what you would like to shop for when you visit the Keiko’s house. I am happy to share photos and more information when you do not know what you would like to purchase in your visit.

 

It is our goal to have a Sashiko studio & Physical Sashiko Store.

However, as of now, Sashi.Co is a Sashiko project in which 2 individuals (a grandmother and a father) are operating with many helps from our friends and supporters. Your understanding supports, and care would be very much appreciated.

 

 

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Sashiko Global Online Store (Renewal)

We feel that Sashiko is getting popular in the world. As a group of Sashiko artists in Japan, we are happy that people appreciate Sashiko's beauty and its culture. We invested in some of our time and effort to make better Sashiko Global Online Store.

We feel that Sashiko is getting popular in the world. As a group of Sashiko artists in Japan, we are happy that people appreciate Sashiko’s beauty and its culture. We invested in some of our time and effort to make better Sashiko Global Online Store.

In order to accommodate the needs, we updated some of the features of the website such as the UI design and shipping fee table.

More reasonable Shipping & Handling Fees

You may choose the flat rate shipping based on your location.

We charge the flat-rate shipping fee by calculating where you are making an order from.

 

Your purchase is very important for us. We do not want to lose your package. Avoid any unfortunate errors, the standard shipping comes with certain insurance & tracking. We guarantee to deliver what you have paid for. Also, you can upgrade the shipping to express mail with the all flat rate fee of $25.00. You will receive the package as matters of a few days.

 

 

We ship worldwide. Sashiko Global Online Store

 

Our goal is to introduce Sashiko to the world and support the Sashiko life with providing information, tutorials and all the supply we would need. We try to make a shipment to anywhere you live. If you live where you cannot easily get Sashiko supply & information, please let us know. We will do our best to provide everything you need to enjoy Sashiko.

 

For the tutorial, Atsushi from Upcycle Stitches LLC has a good variety of materials on YouTube & on his website.

You may leave the comment here to request more information & tutorials if you wish. We will reply as soon as we can with either making a blog article or replying in the comment section.

 

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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Shipping Advise | Shipping to Canada

EMS Expedite Shipping | Shipping to Canada

For the international shipping, Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya uses a registered airmail package with insurance provided by Japan Post Service. It is a very good service, and we have never had an issue until recently. However, we confirmed that the shipping to Canada may cause a delay or sometimes misdelivery. We received a claim and the package is now under the investigation.

 

In order to avoid the possible trouble, we strongly recommend upgrading the shipping to EMS by adding this upgrade option to your cart. Since we are asking you to cover the extra shipping fee by advising so, we come up with the coupons for that. If you order more than $70 dollar, we will upgrade your shipping to EMS without extra fees. Please consider either purchasing the EMS upgrade or purchase the order more than $70.

 

Upcycle Stitches LLC

 

An Order shipping to Canada may be shipped out from the USA

If our distributor in the USA has the same inventory as you ordered, we may make a shipment from the USA to Canada (without any changes to the shipping fee.)

It seems like there are less possibility of troubles if we make a shipment from the USA to Canada.

 

Our goal is to make sure that all the customers get 100% satisfaction to their order.

Thank you very much for your time to take a look at this advice.

 

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Sashiko Tutorials and Articles

It has been one of our dreams to record the articles about Sashiko and tutorials of Sashiko stitching. After Atsushi established a company in the United States, he has been working on recording what we practice on a daily basis in English. The website of Upcycle Stitches is becoming a database of Sashiko Tutorials and Articles.

 

We do not want to duplicate the articles in the several websites, so please visit “http://upcyclestitches.com/” for the details. We have a variety of online free Sashiko tutorials and articles about Sashiko.

All about Sashiko stitching with Sashiko Tutorials

Sashiko Tutorials are not only for Sashiko stitching itself but also about the whole picture of creating a Sashiko project. In order to make a beautiful Sashiko product, you would need a good preparation on the fabric. Also, the appropriate tools and supplies are necessary to have the better results. Upcycle Stitches explain the topics one by one in each article.

 

Sashiko Tutorials

 

We even prepare some “Sashiko Kit” for beginners to try what Sashiko stitching is like.

Our goal is to share the beauty of Sashiko stitching and its upcycle culture. In order to do it, expanding the market of Sashiko artist, Sashiko lover, Sashiko stitches and any craftsperson who likes Sashiko.

 

Not only Sashiko Tutorials but also anything relating to Sashiko.

In order to introduce Sashiko fully, we would need (and would like) to share stories about Sashiko, including its history, how it was developed, and even about BOROs. Although there isn’t the single absolute written document left, each region had unique culture regarding Sashiko. We can share about the history we know of, and we believe it will contribute to the big picture of Sashiko.

Sashiko Tutorials 2

 

Please follow Atsushi’s new website, www.upcyclestitches.com for more information. The Upcycle Stitches update the article much often than this website. For those who live outside of USA and Japan, this website will be the best place to make Sashiko supply Shopping. If you see something on other Website from us, and then not on this page, please contact us directly. We will work on the with the priority.

Thank you very much for your interest, as always.

Enjoy Sashiko.

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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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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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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 Thread Available on Amazon.com

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 Amazon.com

Mono Color Sashiko Thread – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AAMT2T2

Variegated Color Sashiko Thread – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AC54POE

 

 

 

 

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, Amazon.com 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