Traditional Sashiko Stitching

"Sashiko (刺し子, literally "little stabs" or "little pierce") is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan that started out of practical need during the Edo era (1615-1868)."

"In the hands of Awaji needlewomen, sashiko stitching blossomed from a purely utilitarian technique into a rich decorative expression. Women drew their inspiration for common sashiko patterns from the surrounding world. Variations of a pattern that resembles a fishing net are particularly popular on Awaji sashiko no donza [coats of local fisherman]. Other patterns are found on sashiko-stitched textiles throughout Japan, sharing names such as persimmon flower (kaki no hana) or pine bark (matsukawabishi)."

-Japanese fishermen's coats from Awaji Island



Join sashiko stitching expert Atsushi Futatsuya, a third-generation sashiko stitcher, as he educates us on the history of the traditional sashiko running stitching, used to quilt, mend or simply beautify a piece of woven cloth. 

Stitchers will learn the history behind classical motifs, and to hold the needle to create the running stitch in the traditional way.
This will help stitchers to care for their bodies and expedite their stitching. 

Together we will stitch a beautiful sashiko pattern to be enjoyed for generations to come. This stitched piece can be turned into a decorative object, bag or garment. Stitchers will also have the opportunity to view and touch many antique fragments and garments filled with sashiko stitching. 


Date: Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Time: 10am - 1:30pm
Location: TATTER Blue Library, 505 Carroll Street Suite 2B, Brooklyn NY 11215
Cost: $140
What to bring: All materials are provided in this course.  Students will have the opportunity to purchase additional sashiko supplies on site.


Our Teacher: Atsushi Futatsuya

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Born as the third generation of a surviving sashiko family in Gifu prefecture, Atsushi grew up with sashiko surrounded by thread, needles and lots of fabrics. He launched the "Sashi.Co" project with his mother, Keiko, who has over the thirty years of experience with sashiko stitching. is a platform to introduce people to the beauty of sashiko and exhibit their masterful works.

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