[Update concerning the National Emergency]
It is very hard time for everyone in the world. The best thing we can do now is to stay at home & avoid the spreading. I decided to offer the special deal for the Online Sashiko Class. Please read the article "Stay home and Sashiko" for the detail. Thank you & Stay safe.
Please choose one of the option in your registration:
Learn Sashiko Online - Whenever you can & Wherever you live.
We offer Sashiko Stitching Workshop in NYC and the US Eastern Coast. We tried several "Sashiko Online Workshop" to share the similar experience online. I had a lot of fun, and I believe everyone was happy about the online workshop over the summer of 2019. Although all of the online workshops completed as very successful events, it has been challenging for us to schedule an online meeting for the time everyone can join with overcoming the time differences, busy schedules, and locations. The previous online workshop was "Real-time (Live-Style)" workshop and the participants had to stay in front of the PC and web-cam for the whole workshop hours.
With many voices from the experience in 2019, here is a new journey of Online Sashiko Class by Upcycle Stitches. I will share the necessary skills & understanding to enjoy the Sashiko as we, the Japanese Sashiko artisans, do. The goal of this Online Sashiko Class is to get the "rhythm" of Sashiko Stitching so-called Unshin. By learning the Unshin, the stitches will be more even. The stitching speed will increase. And more importantly, you will be able to enjoy the process more.
*This is the Online version of Sashiko Stitching Workshop (Core & Basic). If you have taken Atsushi's workshop in NYC (the one more than 3 hours length), you will not get much new things to learn from this Online Sashiko Class. Please wait for the periodical monthly Sashiko continuous kit. You are, of course, welcome to take it again.
We will do our best to deliver the same experience as the Sashiko Stitching Workshop - Core & Basic - we offer in-person. Please read the detail of this workshop carefully, and please contact me if you have any questions BEFORE you make a registration. (Because of the characteristic of the workshop, we will not issue a refund once I share the passwords for the videos.)
1. Please expect a package of all the necessary materials for the online class from Atsushi or Keiko. The contents of the provided materials are listed below. If you already have purchased some of the items, like a set of the thimble and the needles, please let me know. If you do not need the new set, I will give you a in-store credit so that you can use for the future purchase.
2. I will send you the links to the videos for the workshop. The workshop videos consists of 3 parts on Vimeo.
In order to fully understand & enjoy Sashiko, we strongly recommend watching all the videos in order of A→B→C. The Part (B) is the most important section in the Online Sashiko Class. Sashiko is not about making one good stitch, it is about moving the needle as you feel, then you will see many beautiful stitches.
This Online Sashiko Class does not include the section describing such contents below. (Some of them are already on Youtube to review.)
Again, this workshop is a online version of 4 hours+ workshop I do in NYC to share the Basic and Core of Japanese Sashiko we practice. You will learn how to use the thimble, the needle, and move them with rhythm as we do. I will, of course, answer any kinds of questions regarding Sashiko.
I am planning to provide the extra Online Sashiko Classes (like a subscription) for other topics that I have mentioned above. In order to attend any other Sashiko classes, this Online Sashiko Class will be the prerequisite.
3. Join one of the "Online Sessions" to meet Atsushi, and make sure you learned the "core" of Sashiko stitching. We will check you hand-posture. It will be like a type of Online Workshop. Please read the procedure of "How to prepare to join the Online Session" and make a reservation for the date and time you would like to participates. The session will be about 30 to 60 minutes, focusing on each participants.
The 3 steps will complete the Online Sashiko Class. You will receive one ticket to join "Sashiko Online meeting (Live-Style)" . Most of the questions can be answered by the Online Session, but I understand that the questions will be keep coming up even after that. As of 2019 Spring, the Question Forum and Sashiko Online Meeting is free of charge for those who participated the Online Sashiko Class or the workshop in NYC/NJ (requiring Facebook account, as of now). Until I set up everything, I will answer the questions personally, so you won't be puzzled in nowhere.
*If it is extremely difficult to join the Online Live Session due to the busy schedule, I understand that. In that case, the participant can send me a video of him/her stitching as I introduced in the workshop. The person has a year to join the Online session or to send me a video for checking. I am afraid but the prerequisite will not be effective until Atsushi actually confirm the stitching the way the participant does.
Please take a moment to read the notes below. Your contribution to maintain the Online Sashiko Class is very much appreciated.
*Free regular shipping for the US residence. The shipping upgrade is available. Please expect a follow-up email (from Atsushi's gmail account) for the international shipping (Outside of USA) so I can send you the separate Paypal invoice for the actual shipping fee. Thank you for understanding.
Alright.I believe I have explained everything.
Again, please read another article about the "Sashiko Online Workshop - Term and Condition" to fully understand what I would like to do. Thank you very much for your understanding.
[Last Edit: March.17th 2020]
*The archive before 2019 is available per request.
We aren't just a Japanese craft supplier. We are a team of Sashiko professionals with more than 30 years of experience in Sashiko field. What we sell is what we use in our artworks. When we decide to not to use, it is the time to stop selling here.
We also strive for excellence in customer service. It is simply because we are happy to share what we are proud of, "Sashiko". Customers who purchase our products is a fan of Sashiko. We are happy to get to know you. We will answer questions regarding Sashiko from customers.
It is fortunate to know that I can get the best materials for Sashiko. Sashiko is pretty addictive.
We are a team of Sashiko professionals.
[Owner / Manager] : Atsushi Futatsuya
Atsushi Futatsuya will be in charge of introducing Sashiko to the world by providing workshops, online resources, and providing supplies to the market.
[Complied under the supervision of...] : Keiko Futatsuya
Keiko Futatsuya, with more than 30 years in Sashiko industry, supervise the Sashiko works Atsushi provides on the website. Keiko is in charge of designing, crafting, and all other directing responsibilities in Sashi.Co project in Japan.