Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In Store...

I've been rationalising my own collection because I just don't have enough space for everything I'd like to keep.  I'd kept this ceremonial  silk happi jacket (from a building foundation ceremony)  just because the silk is lovely and we don't usually get silk happis. But it has to go...

I'm very happy with this new cotton which arrived this morning. This is a little bit heavier weight than regular quilting fabric but would still be suitable for quilting or lots of other projects. It's 100% cotton,  112cm wide and made in Japan (as are all our new quilting fabrics).

I've  put out some  more  non-traditional 'creative kokeshi' and there are more to come. These are always very popular and sell quickly...
A roll of lovely rich blue silk shibori which I'm selling by the metre:
This wonderful late 19th century bronze bird ornament on a lacquer stand was most likely made for export. It looks like it has just jumped out of one of those old photos of a cluttered Victorian era sitting room...
And I've just put out a basket of vibrant silk shibori obiage (the tie that you can see poking out of the top of an obi).
Except for the bird ornament none of these items are on my website at the moment so please contact me directly if there's anything you're interested in.



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Workshops: June -July 2013

Here are some samples to give you an idea of what we will be making.  All our workshops allow for quite a bit of creativity  - we definitely  won't be all making the same thing. Please contact me to book or if you'd like more details.

OTEDAMA  beanbags (17th June):

Zabuton (floor cushion) style otedama:

These sashiko otedama were done by my daughter Ayame a few  years ago ...one missing:
Tawara (rice bag) style otedama:
BORO INSPIRATIONS  (23rd June or 15th July)
There will be a lot of freedom to create your own boro inspired work. You might like to have a look at original boro pieces on the internet (and I will have pieces there on the day) but here is some of my own boro inspired stitching. I'm still working on more samples:
Zabuton floor cushion:

Detail from a very humble boro furoshiki wrapping cloth I'm working on:

 A panel of patches:
A boro inspired noren that I made some years ago:
Again with this workshop there will be a lot of freedom to choose your own design - either simple or more complicated: