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Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018

Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018

Our partner, Upcycle Stitches LLC, is offering the Sashiko Workshop in Tribeca, NYC, over the weekend of 4/21 & 4/22. The instructor, Atsushi Futatsuya, is an expert in teaching how to enjoy Sashiko with more than 100 students all over the world. This is a great opportunity to start and review Sashiko | Information of Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018 in New York City.


Preview of What we offer in Sashiko Workshop

Most of the workshop Upcycle Stitches LLC offers are designed under the supervisions of Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya.

This video shows you the quick contents of what you can learn in the Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Basic & Core).



Sashiko Workshop Spring 2018 in Tribeca

The available dates are:

  • 4/21 Saturday | 10 am to 1 pm
  • 4/22 Sunday | 2 pm to 5 pm

If you happen to be near NYC or live in NYC, please consider this great opportunity to learn Sashiko from Atsushi. Atsushi is the only one who can speak English among us, so it is an essential experience if you plan to visit Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya for further workshops.


Online Workshop is coming up soon


We understand that many people cannot attend the physical workshop in NYC. Atsushi and Sashi.Co is developing the online workshop to share as much as he teaches in NYC. It is almost ready. Please wait for the update!


For more information, the best way to get updated is to subscribe the newsletter from Upcycle Stitches.

Please visit their website and subscribe newsletter so you will get the latest information we have in English.


It was a great fun last time we had a workshop in NYC. We sincerely believe that this workshop will be another great success.


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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.

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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.


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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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Sashiko Workshop Newsletter for February

Advertising Sashiko Speech and Workshops in NYC/Brooklyn. Thank you for reading our long newsletter. The one with Natural Dye thread will come at the beginning of March.

Sashiko Workshop Newsletter for February 24th ~ 27th

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Boro / Before and After

Atsushi makes a speech @ FIT

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.

For more information, please refer the FIT website.

Graduated from the basic workshop?

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.

Upcycle and Re-pourpose your favorite garment.

Enjoy Sashiko at Pioneer Works with Atsushi.


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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)


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)


159 Pioneer St. Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, Feb 26

11:00-14:00 Sashiko Stitching
15:00-18:00 Sashiko Mending


Do not forget to register your seat

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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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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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.