Tuesday, June 14, 2016

potd - Hanhaba Obi

I've restocked the cheap ($12!) hanhaba (half-width) obi basket :

Monday, June 13, 2016

potd - Cotton Bundle

I've just made up some more old cotton bundles  - may be patched, holey and/or faded!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

potd - Around the Shop

I'm open today for market day. These are some of the new faces around the shop keeping me company...


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

potd - Sashiko Thread

I've just started stocking a small range of Little House sashiko threads in plain and variegated colours. These are  slightly  more expensive than the Olympus ones that I always stock but there are some great colours.

Monday, May 30, 2016

'The Garage Sale'

Every year I have a de-cluttering 'garage sale'  ( in the shop not the garage) to clear out old and/or excess  stock, things that are damaged or just a bit too sad looking for the shop. All sorts of things!   Fabric, threads, paper, cords, bric-a-brac,  kimonos and obis.  A few freebies.  It's lots of fun! It's on this  Sunday 5th June 9am - 1pm.  It's  open to customers on my newsletter list and online followers and friends - not the general public. I don't put signs out - so just come in. The door opens right on  9am.  Hope you can come!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

potd - Kamon Katagami

I've started putting out these beautiful little kamon  katagami stencils. They  probably date from the late 19th century (going on the packets they're in). Each one is about 6cm  square and they've been used to stencil kamon (family crests) on to formal  garments. Many of them have been cut from old book pages and they've been treated with persimmon tannin which  gives them the brown colour and makes them waterproof.   I'm putting them out in sets of  four ($22)  with each design identified. I've been having fun looking  up what each one is. This is only a small sample.

Monday, May 16, 2016

portd - Around the shop

I'm sorry I've been very slack with posting! Some photos from around the shop today.   I've just put this big bowl out to hold our old indigo textiles. It was my father-in-law's lacquer mixing bowl and is nearly a metre across. I kept thinking it was too big to use in the shop but I'm quite happy with it now.