Kamakura, Japan On Etsy since 2016



Kamakura, Japan | 287 Sales

hitsujiyaJP is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Due to the global epidemic of coronaviruses, shipping of packages from Japan to each country is currently suspended.
So my shop will be on vacation for a while.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 30, 2020

Due to the global epidemic of coronaviruses, shipping of packages from Japan to each country is currently suspended.
So my shop will be on vacation for a while.
Thank you for your cooperation.


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About hitsujiyaJP

Sales 287
On Etsy since 2016

Dye, Spinning, Weaving, Knit and Crochet

[Dyeing, Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Fiber, and Implements]
I dye wool, spin the wool into threads, knit and weave with the threads, and make felt.
I also sell hand-spun yarn, implements, sheep goods, and related books.

[How I Started]
Since I was small, I loved to make things.
I was 10 years old when I first tried computer programming. My uncle gave me a small hobbyist computer and I used the BASIC programming language to play a song using beeping sounds. I also programmed colorful circles to appear one after another on the screen.

After studying computer graphics and programming at a vocational school, I worked like crazy as a system engineer until my mid-20s. I overworked and fell ill.
Then I saw a culture school brochure in a bookstore. It advertised a thread-making workshop. I forgot what spurred me, but I decided to take the workshop.

Spinning yarn.
Implements for spinning have been excavated from ancient sites. Man has thus been spinning fiber since ancient times.

[Reflecting on the Past]
I grew up surrounded by yarn, embroidery threads, and fabrics. There were mountains of colorful threads and strips of cloth. My mother taught me all the basics of crocheting, knitting, embroidery, and needlework.

For my mother who was born in the latter 1940s in the Tohoku Region of Japan, sewing kimono and Western clothing and stitching embroidery were not hobbies. They were a way to make ends meet.
She raised sheep to make yarn and knitted sweaters for the men (her husband and brothers) who left home for the winter to find seasonal work elsewhere.
In spring, an animal trader would come around and shear my mother's sheep. She would take the wool to a local factory and decide the color and thickness of the yarn to be made. A few days later, she would pick up the yarn and knit various clothing for family members using the knitting machine that her father (my grandfather) had bought for her.
It seems like a long time ago, but up to the 1960s until Japan liberalized the wool trade, what I described above was common among families in the Tohoku Region. This is what I was told.

I was also told that my maternal great grandmother, who was born in 1882, continued to sew even at an advanced age. It seems that making handmade things runs in my family and I may have inherited it from her.

[Why I opened this shop]
After I started spinning thread by hand, I got totally hooked. The materials the major manufacturers were selling did not meet my standards.
So I started washing my own fleece (sheared, dirty wool), started dyeing it myself, and started searching for other materials besides wool…

Then by chance, I came across "futon cotton." (to be used as a filler for Japanese futon mattresses.)
In the world of hand-spinning threads, processing cotton into sliver (long bundle of untwisted fiber) was common. However, I had a very difficult time spinning this cotton. I constantly wet my fingertips with water to prevent slippage and spun the cotton little by little. If I lost my concentration even for a moment, my fingertips would lose the fiber. That increased my stress each time. It really was difficult to spin.
"Spinning cotton is boring."
My mind was made up to spin futon cotton into threads.

And then to dye the threads myself. While searching for fiber that was not commonly used, I started thinking, "If I want such a fiber, wouldn't there be others who want it too?"

Besides futon cotton, I currently sell wool I dyed myself, yarn hand-spun from this wool, small accessories made of this hand-spun yarn, and things for textile artists (charms, stamps, etc.).

[Current status and future plans]
Knitting is fun. Weaving is also fun.
But making it from the threads so much more fun!
The possibilities are endless, the flexibility is endless, and there is a lot to do (grin). There's so much that I'm often at a loss as to what to do. But I still love to make things starting with the thread.

I would be even happier if I can sell things that I dyed and things that I found, to people who can appreciate the joyous time and trouble I spend.

Shop members

  • Terue Onodera


    Lured by sheep and spinning to make the switch from the digital world (a career as a systems engineer) to analog (handicrafts)

Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2020
Welcome to hitsujiyaJP!

Thank you for visiting my shop!

I regret to inform you of bad news.
Due to the global epidemic of coronavirus, the shipment of small packages destined for each country from Japan is currently stopped.
I can ship as soon as delivery resumes, but it is expected that it will take some time before delivery.

Please note this before ordering.
Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If you wish to return your item you must contact me within 14 days of receiving your item, and items will not be accepted back after 30 days.

If an item arrives damaged it will refunded, or we will replace the damaged part of your order.

If you are not happy with your item we will accept returns, but at the buyers expense, unless the item is in some way faulty. Refunds will not be processed until the item is returned.
We accept only Paypal payment and credit card (through Paypal without creating a Paypal account).
Please make your payment within few days.

You may cancel your order at any time before the order has been dispatched.
You will need to contact me to arrange this.
Once your order has been dispatched no refund will be issued until the item is returned in the same condition as sent.
All these services are offered by Japan Post.

■ Most Economy ■
I ship my items (under 2kg = 70.5oz) with SAL Small Packet without tracking number.
It takes around 2 to 3 weeks to arrive .
If you select the SAL Small Packet without tracking number, please be aware that there is no way to track your order in case of delay or lost.

■ More Safety ■
If you need tracking number, please select the AIR Registerd Small packet shipping upgrade.
It takes around 2 to 3 weeks to arrive.

■ Fast and Safety ■
If you'd like a faster delivery, please select the EMS shipping upgrade.
EMS shipping provide a tracking number and it will take 3 to 5 business days to arrive.

■ Caution ■
Please upgrade the shipping cost if you ever had bad experience with international mail (or even domestic).
I am not responsible for refund or exchange of lost items during shipping if you choose a SAL/AIR without tracking number.

About the delay, sorry, I can't refund because international shipping takes time, it is NOT my fault.

Buyers must be responsible about custom charges (import tax).