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.

Friday, May 6, 2016

potd - Kimono Silk

More silk in the  kimono silk oddment basket...

Monday, May 2, 2016

15th Anniversary Challenge Exhibition - part three

The final instalment...

 Sandra Champion, untitled:

Jill Dixson, untitled: 

Tricia Reed , also untitled: 

Two entries by Roza Brinkworth, 'Circles' and 'Crane': 

And last, but very definitely not least an untitled cloth by Babs Reed made from an old jumper of mine that I had given her to upcycle! 


Thank you again to everyone who contributed to our exhibition!!