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Yes, I know Halloween isn't over yet and I normally try not to mention Christmas until 1st November but it's a bit of a list this year and I could use one or two of Santa's Elves helping out!
The 4.5" squares have been up on the wall for a few weeks with no change so this weekend I got to stitching them ... read more
I finished a little sashiko project that I started a long time ago. It was just a little practice piece that I bordered and lightly quilted with a puffy batting.
The solid fabric in the center that holds the needlework is called Essex. It's 50% linen and 50% cotton. The weave is a bit looser than flat cotton, so it's nice to work with. The large sashiko needle and thick thread glide between the threads. The border is Japanese Indigo fabric.
I love my little mug rug. Perfect for a drink and a little snack.
I carry Sashiko ... read more
Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a Japanese Textiles talk and workshop conducted by the very charming Katie Chaplin of Japan Crafts. Katie gave us a fascinating talk on the origins of some Japanese textiles and introduced us all to a whole new world. Who knew that weavers of Japanese cloth had their own special saw tip fingernail manicures?
To illustrate her talk, Katie passed around examples of the different textile techniques mentioned, including the glorious kimono you can see above. Surprisingly, vintage textiles are not particularly sought after in modern-day Japan apparently, so can still be found at ... read more
|this is what an Ikea couch looks like when it arrives!!|
Well, in just a few hours I board a plane in Buffalo, NY that will take me to Chicago, then switch planes and fly to Zurich. I will arrive there tomorrow morning (Dec 4) and then head to Steckborn, Switzerland and the Bernina Headquarters. Why - well as some of you know - I am going to be one of the testers on their new Longarm Machine.
While I won't be able to tell you details about the testing I will be able to share about my adventures in Switzerland. To help me out I thought I would take along my ... read more
I really think so.
(Okay, it's an old song by the group The Vapors, but for me it's for realsies.)
I've had a love affair with all things Japanese since I visited there back in 2004. We were there because Joe had been made president of the local Rotary chapter that year and one of his "duties" was to attend the world conference. Duty? Hell yeah! The club picked up his tab so our only expense (besides meals and incidentals) was my plane ticket and a big boost to our hotel allowance. (I've got a "good ...
We've already established that reading pattern directions is my kryptonite. Even when I was making dresses and blouses for Home Ec I needed help translating arrows and darts. The fact that my mother was a pretty accomplished "sewist" didn't help matters because she was left-handed and (to me) did everything upside down and backwards.
I wanted a purse made from my treasured stash of Japanese fabrics. I knew how I wanted it to look, and I knew I had all the hardware and fabric and fusible fleece to do it. I even had ...
Well, where did the last month go? I've been busy, busy busy creating all sorts of samples for my City & Guilds course.
27 February – 10 April (closed 2 -5 April inc)
Originated by York Museums Trust and researched by Michele Walker, this is the first major touring exhibition of Japanese Sashiko Textiles to be mounted in the UK and the Collins Gallery is the sole Scottish venue for this visually stunning and comprehensive collection.
Sashiko (sashi-to stitch and ko-small) is a technique similar to quilting characterised by ...