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kumihimo and treasure bags

June 5, 2012

son James has converted a kitchen stool into a marudai or braiding stool and it can do double duty as an extra seat  for the grandchildren

it works quite well

 I’m using old film canisters with steel ball bearings for weights, not working so well!

traditional tea ceremony utensils are stored in beautiful silk bags with silk kumihimo ties

a craft book I brought home from Japan has an article on these bags, shifuku, I will make one for the tea bowl I bought at Bryan’s potter friend, Kiso-san













I’m starting with simple cords and yarns from “the ” stash

using another indigo/katazomi piece of linen, shibori silk for the lining and attempting to sew a circular bottom on the bag

it is perfect for the beautiful small  incense container, kogo that I found in a consignment store yesterday – it was just waiting for me.

and I’ll be making a bag for this lacquer ware bowl and spoon, a gift from my friend Deko. The background fabric is a piece of  sarasa  or block printed fabric popular at one time and influenced by patterns from India.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2012 12:48 am

    such unexpected treasures!


  2. June 5, 2012 3:59 pm

    Beautiful objects, Jean.


  3. June 5, 2012 2:43 pm

    riches riches riches and beauty


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