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December 12, 2014

the sakiori (rag weave) jacket in this Japanese craft magazine is tempting

as are the cushions and bags


the ball of cut fabric is one napkin

how many napkins would need to be cut?

for the bag – it is possible

but the jacket would need a tablecloth, or two

and the linen needs to be cut not torn

searching for an inexpensive, damaged tablecloth

I found this hand towel

P1060108never used, still with a label

Webb’s Irish Linens

“dew” bleach

of course I won’t cut it

and an assortment of buttons, mostly mother-of-pearl


my friend Stephanie, from Knotty by Nature


recently attended the Indigenous Woman’s Circumpolar Conference

in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

she stitched this hood – to stay warm

from a fur coat she received from a customer

it is lined with beaver

and decorated with beadwork

the ends are finished with her childhood mittens, creating little pockets

truly a treasure

8 Comments leave one →
  1. velma bolyard permalink
    December 13, 2014 9:42 am

    oh, lovely “notions and material” and stephanie’s “accessorie” reminds me of one of my hooligans who wears a wolf themed one, because she is a very sweet, young teenager.


    • December 13, 2014 10:51 am

      Velma – Stephanie’s heart is as big as her smile, she is becoming a leader among young indigenous woman. I have loaned her Braiding Sweetgrass – know she will love it.


  2. December 12, 2014 1:22 pm

    The hand towel looks gorgeous–so glad you won’t cut that up! And, yes, those buttons are so much better than plastic!


    • December 12, 2014 2:30 pm

      Kerry – that towel is in pristine condition. I think I’ve found a sufficient supply of linen locally. If you want to know how to weave rags let me know.


      • December 15, 2014 3:27 pm

        I’ll let you know if I get to that point! I should give it a whirl–God knows, I have the raw material.


      • December 15, 2014 5:22 pm

        Kerry – doing the Christmas crazies right now but think you might like it.It is easy and very satisfying – although it does take time. Just came home to find a big bag of linens on my back doorstep. Yikes, I might not live long enough to use all this. The softer and more worn the cloth the better. I’ll put a picture on the blog. It also dyes with indigo beautifully.


  3. December 12, 2014 11:39 am

    Ah, the gods are with us! Good score! And I have a largish line tablecloth that has several small holes that I would be happy to donate to the cause.


    • December 12, 2014 12:06 pm

      Heather – it is a nice surprise when buttons show up that aren’t just boring plastic. Thank you for the offer of the table cloth, I’ll take you up on it but don’t mail it. We can do some kind of a trade the next time you come this way.


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