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January 14, 2013

the weather is grey and wet and dreary, it’s hard to get inspired

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finishing things – which is a very good thing

the end of the last silk scarf warp, perfect for another shifuku

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lined with a piece of silk shibori, dyed about 2 years ago

some things just wait patiently until they are a perfect match

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preparing  the lokta paper that Velma sent me

I have always measured both the top and bottom of the folded paper before cutting

it takes a long time so this time I “eyeballed” it, at approximately .3mm it worked perfectly

this paper is tough it worked up beautifully without a single break

you can see how fine the shifu yarn is compared to the sewing thread

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryan permalink
    January 18, 2013 3:41 am

    Looking good Jean. I have half a dozen half bags without the cords attached. It is minus ten outside these nights. Now or never!


    • January 18, 2013 7:46 am

      Bryan – if it is minus 10 outside what is it inside?? I love the bags but there isn’t much interest in them here. Can you sell yours in the shop? Stay warm.


  2. January 17, 2013 1:07 am

    handsome bag!


  3. January 15, 2013 2:24 pm

    I love the way the fabrics and kumihimo braids go together. What do YOU keep in a shifuku? And the lokta! What is it about paper thread?!


    • January 15, 2013 3:56 pm

      Kristin – good question, a Japanese tea bowl in one, a beautiful little incense container in another, jewelery in a very small one. Paper thread – well it is all about handmade paper, you have to love it and understand that it is not like the pulp paper we use in the western world – there is an ancient magic to it!


  4. lagriccia permalink
    January 15, 2013 7:47 am

    You will have to teach me how to attach the braid to the shifuku, mine from Fujino are still unfinished. Please!


    • January 15, 2013 8:48 am

      Blandina – I think I missed that lesson and so am copying from a bag a friend made. Not sure it is correct. I will make a drawing and send to you.


  5. January 15, 2013 4:35 am

    SO glad the lokta is working out. there is (as you might suspect) a bit of inconsistency in the lokta…some of it is so full of crud that it’s impossible to make the “chinese lantern” and others have “holes” throughout. i hoped i picked good stuff for you!


    • January 15, 2013 8:45 am

      Velma – I cut 2 more sheets last night and they were perfect – good picking. Thank you, I’m enjoying it.


  6. January 14, 2013 6:47 pm

    Oh so wonderful. The shifuku is lovely, and that shifu is amazing.


    • January 14, 2013 7:19 pm

      thanks Heather – I have 3 more sheets of lokta to cut and spin then I’m going to dye it.


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