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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 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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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.

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Boro / NORAGI makes its debut in NYC


We are happy to announce that our precious Noragi with Boro will make its debut in NYC, when Atsushi host Sashiko workshop in New York Textile Month.




Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya uses many kinds of old fabrics (so called Kofu.) All of our “one-of-a-kind” jackets are made from Kofu (sometimes we use new fabric to patch or strengthening the old fabric.)



Boro is a very beautiful piece of fabric. At the same time, it is very fragile fabric to work on. We didn’t have much opportunity to deal with Boro until 2014, but we finally did it.


The Noragi with Boro will be displayed at Atsushi’s workshop in NYC. Exciting.




The workshop / a pop-up store is part of New York Textile Month Events.

Please visit the website for more information.



The Design Market x WantedDesign is an innovative retail installation occupying the ground level of the Seaport Studios at 19 Fulton Street (map), offering a carefully curated selection of design objects, including furniture, lighting, home accessories, jewelry, and unique gifts.



Close shot of Noragi with Boros. We stitch with Sashiko technique to make fabric stronger, long-lasting, and beautiful.






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Sashiko Workshop in NYC

Atsushi finally host a Sashiko workshop in New York City !

Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya support Atsushi 100% and Atsushi will teach & share how we do Sashiko. No Sashiko experience is required. Everything you need to enjoy Sashiko is included in the workshop. Just bring yourself to NYC in NEW YORK TEXTILE MONTH (September).

New York Textile Month


A Workshop will be at WantedDesign South Seaport Store (19 Fulton St, NY).

  • $135 for 3 hours workshop / basic but fundamental Sashiko technique will be taught.
  • All the materials you need is included. Bring your own scissors and a needle rest if possible.
  • 9/24 (SAT) or 9/25 (SUN) / 1pm to 4pm.


Sign up here !!

This is a rare opportunity to learn sashiko stitching technique from the master Atsushi Futatsuya, who was born as the third generation of a surviving sashiko family in Gifu prefecture, Japan. The workshop comes with a complete kit of sashiko needles, a sashiko thimble, a skein of white sashiko thread, and fabric with traditional Asano-ha patterns printed on. You will go home with a fabric large enough to make a tote bag, placemat, patchworking, or your own project after the workshop.



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Sashi.Co is ongoing. Atsushi just came back.

It has been more than a half year since I had posted the article on this website. Regardless of my vacancy, I am happy that some customers find this webpage and made order. Thank you so much.


Sashi.Co & Keiko have been working on its project while I (Atsushi) was absent online. I didn’t know how challenging it is to be a parent, and I couldn’t make enough time to face to PC to write any articles.





Our daughter became 15 mo old, and now finally allow me to work on my stuff after she goes to sleep. So, Atsushi is coming back.


We have some updates.

Each update has good amount of information, so I will update them one by one, little by little.


Again, I sincerely appreciate to your interests in our Sashi.Co project.


Best Regards,


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Almost Sold Out.


Sashiko threads dyed with Natural Herbs and Vegetables are almost sold out. Thank you very much for your interests.


We still have few skeins for:

003 – Tangara
010 – Lac Dye
015 – Western Madder




The shelves for other colors are empty. We will work on creating new colors as soon as possible. Please subscribe our newsletter so you will get the release information even before this website.


Since Keiko’s skill of dyeing thread has been improved by a lot, she may be able to produce the very similar colored thread. When we successfully dye thread to the (almost) identical color, we will supply to our inventory so you can get the thread you missed (or purchased but want more!)


We also continue introducing the new colors.

Again, we appreciate to your interest in Sashiko thread dyed by natural herb and vegetable.