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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 “” 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.

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Please follow Atsushi’s new website, 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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How to Sashiko Video is uploaded


Our first Video Tutorial, “How to Sashiko by Sashi.Co – Intro Part.1” is finally uploaded.

This was my first time to take a video for youtube… so enjoy the video with me being so awkward, too.



Most of the stuff I used in the video are available on this online shop.

In future, we will be able to provide the fabric, a good Indigo Dye fabric. The indigo color and white thread is one of the original combination in Sashiko.


Leave me comments if you have any questions about the video!

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How to Sashiko – Announcement

*Atsushi Futatsuya will be in charge of Sashiko Tutorials in English.


After almost 2 years of keeping a distance from Sashiko , I decided to start enjoying Sashiko again. My mother, Keiko Futatsuya, established her own brand, Sashi.Co. She also started providing the Sashiko lecture and workshop in Japan.

With collaborating her knowledge and skill, I will make brief sashiko tutorial online for free. You can find some Sashiko tutorials from Internet and/or books, you can find the “Sashi.Co technique” from this website. (I was calling my technique as Hida technique before.)


Sashiko Tutorial

This is still an announcement. I am preparing the video, so you can actually see the Sashiko stitching.


Preparation to start

  • Sashiko Thread (We recommend to use Sashiko thread instead of regular embroidery thread)
  • Sashiko Needle (Sashiko needle need to be long enough to have several stitches at once)
  • Sashiko Thimble (It has to be palm thimble)


Here are screenshots from video I am working on to edit.

I will introduce how to use a palm thimble.


I will demonstrate how to stitch Sashiko with palm thimble.


By learning our Sashiko technique, speed and accuracy of Sashiko will improve!


Video on Youtube will be coming soon!!