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Sashiko Stitching 1 Day Workshop (Sold Out)


Saturday, August 24, 2019 & Sunday, August 25 (Encore)
Workshop: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Trunk Sale: 4:30pm - 6:00pm (Open for public)

Soul of Sashiko: Learn the spirit and skills of sashiko stitching!

Sashiko is the traditional Japanese art of decorative mending stitches. In this 6-hour workshop, you will learn about the art and history of Sashiko, how to use a long needle and make beautiful stitches, and how to find joy in stitching. You will learn how to transfer patterns to fabric and we will discuss ideas for future projects and how to use sashiko as part of a mindful mending practice. This is a unique opportunity to learn authentic Sashiko stitching from a traditional master, Atsushi Futatsuya, a third-generation Sashiko artist. You will be learning directly from his traditional family wisdom and years of experience as a Sashiko educator. Following a lecture and demonstration by Atsushi, students will practice this meditative art and advance their Sashiko skills with lots of hands-on guidance.

For this special event, Loop of the Loom will provide fabric dyed with traditional natural dyes such as Bengala and Kakishibu. These colors come directly from the Earth—Bengala is made from minerals in the soil, and Kakishibu is a persimmon dye. Combine two Japanese traditions in one beautiful and unique artwork!

Following the workshop, we will be hosting a trunk sale open to the public of Upcycle Stitches’s Sashiko supplies including kits, fabric, threads, and artworks.

About the instructor


Atsushi "Azu" Futatsuya is a Sashiko artist and curator who is the 3rd generation of a surviving Sashiko business family in Gifu, Japan. He grew up in a traditional textile artisan family who lived with a pile of fabric, needles, thimbles, and so many colored threads. After his father passed away, Azu and his mother Keiko founded Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya in 2015 to revive the Sashiko business, even though they live apart in America and Japan. Today Sashiko is getting popular because of its simplicity, beauty, and concept of visible mending. He has both sides of understanding – Sashiko as the “merely” stitching and Sashiko as the “super cool” art. His new company Upcycle Stitches promotes Sashiko artistry through offering workshops and high-quality supplies and building community around this incredible craft tradition.

Workshop fee: $300 incl materials 
*Cancellation policy for special workshops:

  • For full refund, cancel at least 14 days before the workshop is schedule to start.

  • 50% ($150.00) cancellation fee applied, when you cancel 72 hours prior to the workshop .

  • No refundable, if you cancel after 72 hours prior to the workshop.