Who is Miho Takeuchi
Studio Aika – The Home of Traditional Sashiko Design and Instruction
Hello and welcome to my website.
My name is Miho Takeuchi. I have been a traditional Sashiko instructor and designer in the United States for the past 10 years.
The Art of Sashiko Stitching
Japan is the home and origin of the beautiful hand stitching art of Sashiko. And like Sashiko, I too was born in Japan. I grew up in the countryside in the mid-section of its main island.
As I think back now, I was surrounded by Sashiko without even noticing it. There was Sashiko in one form or another, from Noren (traditional fabric room dividers), to everyday items that we would use like coasters, pillow cases, uniforms for martial arts and so on.
As I got older, I truly believe this is what drew me to Sashiko stitching; its simplicity and the effectiveness that the simple running stitches provide to items in everyday life. Its artistry.
Today, I am devoted to providing as much information as I can for anything related to Sashiko, Japan, fabrics, hand crafting and more. As you will come to see when browsing this site, Sashiko is my passion.
Please do not hesitate to post your comments, questions and own ideas to share with others. I will, to the best I am able, respond to each and every one. As I have mentioned, I am an instructor and do teach classes around New England. While there are many people who take my classes, there are still more of you who might not be able to because you don’t live nearby. So what I hope to do is bring my classroom into your home, through this website.
The Internet is such a wonderful place. Through it, I am so excited to have this opportunity to introduce my culture to you. I hope everyone’s experience with Sashiko will be enjoyable; even meditative. I know it has been for me.