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January 14, 2016

6 yards of 4 inch wide binding


takes almost as long to weave as something 24 inches wide

there are the same number of weft shots

it will be hand stitched with red thread

the log cabin pattern worked up nicely


this January piece is stitched on a very closely woven cotton napkin

backed by old sheeting

it has proven difficult to stitch


the white on white kantha stitching makes a textured border


finding my way in a new year with many unforseen questions

 was a fortuitous start

I never make resolutions or choose a single word/idea to see me through the year

new opportunities generally present themselves

and an unexpected surprise just came my way

Bryan at Japanese Textile Workshops is starting a new, 2 week workshop, in April

you guessed it – I’m going

it’s crazy, the Canadian dollar is crashing

but I’m getting too old to wait for the world to sort itself out

if I have to live on rice and potatoes for the remainder of my years

so be it!

27 Comments leave one →
  1. trl710 permalink
    January 18, 2016 9:08 am

    Thank you for turning me on to Bryan’s workshops. I learned so much and I hope to go back for more traveling in Japan. Will you be doing the Firecoats he spoke about? Sounds fascinating! Have a wonderful time!


    • January 18, 2016 10:08 am

      Tobie (are you Tobie?) – I took Bryan’s first international workshop 4 years ago in April. They have changed since then, he now mails a homework package which I haven’t received so don’t know exactly what to expect. Yes, we will be making haori (jackets) and I expect some surprises. I’ll share on the blog but probably not until I’m home.

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      • trl710 permalink
        March 3, 2016 8:12 am

        I got an email from him describing the haori. Please post photos, etc when you return and have a wonderful trip. I loved my experience at Bryan’s and Japan in general and hope to travel there again someday.


      • March 3, 2016 10:07 am

        Tobie – my homework pkg. is at the P.O., will pick it up later today. Excited to see what is in it, stay tuned.


  2. Renee' permalink
    January 17, 2016 8:50 pm

    Go for it. A wiser woman than I once told me that you can’t wait while you are living. That is what living is about.
    Look forward to your pictures and posts all about it.


  3. heather permalink
    January 17, 2016 12:00 am

    Ooooo how wonderful you’re going back to Bryan’s! What fun! I would give anything to join you there!


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    January 16, 2016 10:01 am

    you are a rock star!!! i am so glad you’re going.


    • January 16, 2016 10:10 am

      Velma – thank you for the elevated status, will I meet you there?? rocking on!


      • vdbolyard permalink
        January 17, 2016 11:54 am

        it will be right after i return from teaching in australia…and i have hooligans back here to see to through june…


      • January 17, 2016 12:11 pm

        Velma – I had some idea you were stopping at Fujino on your way back but didn’t know exactly when that was. Maybe the hooligans will all turn into saints while you are away!


  5. January 16, 2016 7:46 am

    Excited for you! Good that you have seized the opportunity.


  6. January 16, 2016 3:49 am

    Woohoo!! What a great choice you’ve made to take advantage of this opportunity! It would be so easy to find all the reasons not to go–I love that you’re diving in! The January stitching is fascinating to see.


  7. lagriccia permalink
    January 16, 2016 1:18 am

    Good for you, maybe I should think of going back too after my time in London is over. Hope you can add some fresh vegetables to your new diet!


    • January 16, 2016 8:33 am

      Blandina – this will be a different workshop, new ideas, some added techniques – and maybe a fresh vegetable or two. Looking forward to seeing all the changes.


  8. January 15, 2016 1:20 pm

    How exciting! You’d better at least show us the highlights of your time in Japan. I will travel with you vicariously!


    • January 15, 2016 1:30 pm

      Louisa – I’ll take hundreds of pictures – again. Last time I put together a DVD for the Victoria guild and then a different one for the Deep Cove (Van.Is.) guild so maybe I can share that somehow. Starting to panic – and make gifts to take.


  9. January 15, 2016 2:28 am

    Love both of these pieces, what an opportunity going to Japan, looking forward to hearing about your experience.


  10. January 15, 2016 1:37 am

    great! 2 weeks with bryan is such a gift.


    • January 15, 2016 8:52 am

      Neki – the opportunity was too exciting to pass up. I’ll visit a friend in Osaka and we’ll go to Kyoto as well.


  11. Lis permalink
    January 14, 2016 4:28 pm

    Wow, I’m looking forward to reading about your time with Bryan. You’re so right, we have to go for it, make the most of today, good for you.


    • January 14, 2016 4:39 pm

      Lis – Bryan and I have been working on the details of him coming to Victoria in June 2017 to teach at the guild’s 5 day conference at the University of Victoria. But this came as a big surprise, at first I thought “no way” but I’m not getting any younger and 10 hour flights are not something I will be doing much longer. Getting excited already, I’ll take LOTS of pictures.

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