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At home I drink gallons of tea, or coffee if it’s a particularly rough day. In Japan it’s been no different. Hotel rooms and friends’ homes are stocked with green tea, consumed at any and all hours of the day. Comfort in a cup.
This morning ...read more
So many things are going on at once it’s hard to keep up.
My daughter is pregnant, which is exciting. She and her fiance are moving in with us because we happen to live in the part of the US with the highest cost of living, and they don’t have a lot of other options. It’s all good, though. We have a big enough house, and I’ll get to spend time with my first grandchild (shortly after I turn 44!) which is pretty cool.
She’s also learning sashiko.
My son is home, back from his ...read more
In preparation for my trip, I’m writing a list of questions to ask various sashiko artists and designers. What would you like to know? Two stops along my journey will be to interview Keiko Futatsuya of Sashi.Co and the Sashiko Design Team at Olympus.
If you have specific questions you’d like to ask about their work or sashiko in general, send me an email or post your question here on this post. I’ll do my best to ask it for you!
Speaking of sashiko… Have you ...read more
A month from now I’ll be in Japan, but I’m already planning my summer road trip to AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I usually fly out and ship my booth separately, but this year I’m going to try something different. I’m going to drive the 2,291 miles of I-80 from Alameda, CA to Grand Rapids, MI. Along the way I’ll pass through these cities:
- Reno, NV
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Denver, CO
- Chicago, IL
- Also Nebraska and Iowa, but I don’t know those states well so help me out here. Where ...
Coffee break time! Here’s the view from the Kimonomomo studio today.
Yes, I missed another deadline. I had promised to show you the Spring Sashiko Challenge on April 1 and it’s now April 7 and I’ve finally put it together (see below). We had a quilt show on April 2-3 which slowed me down a bit, plus it’s been very busy in the shop lately (thank you!) and I’ve been scurrying to keep up with orders and emails. So… yeah. Deadlines.
Another looming deadline: My Indiegogo campaign is coming to an end on April 15 and I’m nowhere near my goal, which is okay, actually. Things ...read more
A few weeks ago Charlotte Scott asked if she could interview me for her pod cast series.
Charlotte is a New Zealand quilter and textile artist who lives on a boat and runs an art gallery! She has a blog called The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. Charlotte had seen photos of my la passacaglia quilt, and thought the story behind it would be interesting to document.
Here are some links to the interview.
Charlotte's blog post with the interview
a link to Podbean where all Charlotte's interviews are stored.
Don't worry if you've never listened ...
I know, this was scheduled for last week, but between a quilt show and a family emergency things got away from me. It didn’t help that the first two entries were so good we had a difficult time deciding which would place first.
The Spring Sashiko Challenge will be available April 1. Thomas and I have selected fabrics and thread colors for the kits and we’ll be putting them together for purchase in the Kimonomomo Etsy shop very soon. You can also participate in the Indiegogo Sashiko Challenge available here.
So here they are, the first ever Kimonomomo ...read more
Yes, I’ve been before, but this time it’s different. This time I will be conducting interviews, learning new skills, and sharing it all with you. However, before I set foot in the airport, there are a few things I need to take care of…
- Scheduling interviews. I’m working on this now with help from artists, kimono and textile enthusiasts, and friends.
- Planning travel. I have a starting point (Tokyo) and an end point (Fukuoka) and several stops in between. It’s a lot to organize.
- Funding. This is where you can help, and I do need help ...
How are your Winter Sashiko Challenge projects going? I’ve sent out a lot of kits but have seen only one completed so far. Mine isn’t finished either… I need to get back to it! We’ve extended the deadline from Feb. 29 to March 14 to give everyone more time to put a bit of polish on their projects.
Email your completed project photos to kimonomomo (at) gmail.com by March 14 and we will announce the winners shortly after that, then announce the Spring Sashiko Challenge!
It’s time for a challenge and I’m excited! Check out the video here:
Magical prizes! Shopping credit at Kimonomomo ~~~ so you can have even more sashiko goodness.
- 1st place – $40 credit
- 2nd place – $20 credit
- 3rd place – $10 credit
Here’s how you can be a part of it:
- Order your kit – includes fabric, thread, and two sashiko needles. Color choice is random.
- Play with your materials – add beads, ribbons, more fabric, anything you like. One caveat is that the supplied materials must be used. Don’t like the colors? That’s part of the challenge! Learn to ...
Orders from Houston Quilt Market are starting to arrive! New fabrics, sashiko kits, and a few kits I’m designing right now will be gracing the Kimonomomo Etsy shop over the next few days and weeks.
For fans of little pre-printed, wash-out hanafukin (hand towels) there are a few new designs to get your New Year started. I’m rather fond of the Rabbit Moon ones, myself, but you might prefer Chrysanthemum or Ume Mon. Available in white or navy blue, I will be stocking more designs in the coming months. These are different from the ever-popular Olympus kits, with ...