Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 January 2022, Sashiko Stitching, Online Workshop with Atsushi Futatsuya
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 January 2022, 2-5pm BST (British Summer Time, London, UK)
Online workshop, hosted on Zoom by Atsushi Futatsuya
Atsushi Futatsuya is a Sashiko artisan and story-teller. His expertise in Sashiko comes from his mother, Keiko Futatsuya’s, a great Sashiko talent. Atsushi was born in a Sashiko family in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Since his childhood, he has practiced Sashiko with Sashiko artisans, including Keiko.
In 2015, Keiko started Sashi.Co to share the beauty of Sashiko and the process of ordinary Sashiko. Inspired by his mother, Atsushi started sharing his techniques and stories of Sashiko through Upcycle Stitches.
Atsushi focuses on the importance of tradition and process. His work not only communicates the beauty of hand stitching, but it also reminds us of a more spiritual relationship with cloth and how, through Sashiko, you communicate to the fabric while stitching.
Outline of the workshop
The goal of the workshop is to learn the essence of Sashiko Stitching - Unshin (needle movement). Instead of focusing on the results of accuracy of stitches by following the stitch-size-dot line, the participant will learn how to find their own Sashiko stitching by learning the rhythmical movement.
Saturday 8 January 2022:
Participants will learn the fundamentals of Sashiko including terminology, history, culture, and mindset, after which Atsushi will guide you through the basic posture to master Unshin. You will have the opportunity to practice this technique as well as learn other basic techniques such as Kasane to begin stitching on the pre-printed patterned indigo fabric provided in the materials pack (see below).
Sunday 9 January :
You will continue developing the Sashiko technique with the support of Atsushi who will offer advice, guidance and be on hand to answer any questions. Atsushi will also teach you how to prepare the pattern which forms the stencil of the stitching and how to treat the fabric after stitching is completed.
*Participants will receive a more detailed outline of the workshop, including what to expect and instructions of what to prepare before the workshop. Atsushi will also offer follow up guidance.
A materials pack will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.
Material pack will contain
- 1 skein of Sashiko thread (White)
- 1 of Sashiko thimble
- 3 of Sashiko needles
- 1 piece of dark indigo fabric with the Asano-ha pattern printed (100% cotton, made in Japan)
- 1 piece of light blue colour fabric (100% cotton 100%, made in Japan)
- 1 piece of fusible Interfacing (white fabric)
- 2 piece of small swatches (dark indigo colour)
- 1 sheet of thread bobbin paper (brown paper)
- 1 x chalk pencil
- 2 x Finger cot
- 1 x threader
- 1 x a small package of fabric, mylar paper and carbon paper and pattern paper
Material list (not provided)
- Scotch Tape
Recommended but not required
- Thread clipper
- Threader (if one needs more than 1 in the package)
- Pin cushion (to put the needle)
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places reserved on workshops are non-refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will offer a credit note.
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, email@example.com.