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.
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.
On Monday 2/27, Atsushi will make a public speech about Sashiko and Boro at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. It is open to general public with free of charge.
Please join us to see inside of Atsushi’s brain: what Atsushi is thinking regarding Sashiko; like why he keeps doing Sashiko. There will be a Boro and Sashiko pieces displayed so participants can feel the Atsushi & Keiko’s works.
On Saturday 2/25 (16:00-19:00), Atsushi offers the Hitomezashi Workshop for those who graduated the Asano-Ha Sashiko Stitching Class hosted by Sashi.Co (or Atsushi).
Unlike the Asano-ha Workshop, this workshop requires a lot of preparation. Therefore, we do not plan to offer this workshop every visit I make. Please take this opportunity to make your goal one step closer. We have heard that many people want to make Hitomezashi & Vintage Fabric Sashiko work.
Register your seat now
*Available only for those who have taken Sashiko Stitching class.
*We will not use the vintage fabric on this workshop. I will share how to do the basic Hitomezashi so you can use your vintage fabric.
More Workshops for this weekend.
On Friday 2/24 to Monday 2/27, Atsushi offers serious of Asano-Ha Sashiko Stitching Workshops.
The workshop teaches you how to use a Sashiko needle and a Sashiko thimble in the traditional method. This is the fundamental step to take further workshops. It will open up your Sashiko world.
We have been receiving good reviews from participants. They are happy that workshop indicated what Sashiko really is. You will be surprised how we use a needle and a thimble. If you are interested in Sashiko stitching, this is the essential workshop to take! Register your seat now
Mending your garments in Pioneer Works
In a serious of the workshops, Atsushi hosts workshops in Pioneer Works. (including Asano-Ha Sashiko Stitching Workshop)
A unique one is “mending” workshop which I will share my experience to mend the jeans and other garments. Sashiko will not be the main theme here, but general information and technique regarding Sashiko will be shared.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
*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
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.
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.)
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!
Please register yourself on Curious Corner’s website (Sayaka, my organizer’s webpage).
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.