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May 30, 2016

prayer flag for April/May – finished!

P1090937the background was woven for a different project

that simply didn’t work

the blue was leftover from a garment facing

the circles are tiny hand-woven scraps

the yellow circles are stitched with handspun silk thrums

P1090929the kantha (running stitches) are again silk thrums

all re-used and re-cycled

an expression of joy titled Hanabi (fireworks)

in trying to remember the traditional process for stitching a hanten

we discussed a possible book  and decided

making Kimono & Japanese clothes  by Jenni Dobson

might be helpful

I ordered the least expensive copy on-line

and then was notified that it wasn’t available

searching on-line again I found a used copy locally

it was $15.50 Can. and no post as opposed to $44.95 U.S with a heavy post fee

P1090932it is a pretty book and gives extra instructions for

decorative techniques such as applique, patchwork, sashiko and shibori

but not traditional Japanese sewing techniques

the better book is still John Marshall’s

Make Your Own Japanese Clothes

this past weekend was my favorite annual pottery show

P1090946blue spoons from Kinichi Shigeno

cup by Meira Mathison

a reminder of the potter, Ryutaro Yamada, we visited in Japan

we walked down a long, steep, winding road

P1090372to a workshop in the woods

P1090379shelves piled with wonderful pots

P1090384serious decisions had to be made

P1090377we had to decide what would fit in a suitcase?

P1090948once again I came away happy.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2016 2:42 am

    ohh gorgeous! that place would be my damnation as i am a sucker for handmade pottery.


  2. May 30, 2016 7:28 pm

    I didn’t make it to Fired Up this year, but Al took his mother, and bought her a Gordon Hutchens mug, and me a Cathi Jefferson cup!


  3. May 30, 2016 4:23 pm

    Thanks for the ‘shinshi.’ Now I know what those bamboo rods are called! So many wonderful things to enjoy in this world. I love Marshall’s book and his website is really good, too.


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