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June 11, 2016

Mini Moose is happy to be back in the studio

P1090953she was tired of all the travelling

P1090961the warp that was left on the loom is finished

it is exactly the right width and just a few inches longer than necessary

to practise sewing a hanten – it was meant to be

I’m working on writing a clear set of instructions

and transferring the metric measures back to inches, hopefully I won’t make any major mistakes

cutting into handwoven linen is a little nerve-wracking without a pattern!


the indigo dyed woven taihen shibori will make a nice lining

P1090976one of my stencil samples was fun to stitch on

and then took on a life of its own

P1090962designing  a “boro” work bag


the front was easy but I’m having to think about the back

P1090979testing out a pocket – does it need a zipper?

after leaving the workshop I spent 6 days with a friend in Itami (Osaka)

we drove to Miyama one day, which turned out to be an experience of a lifetime

(much more in another post)

 lunch at a small, busy “truck stop” diner was excellent

P1090606this was the noren – they didn’t want to sell it

guess I’ll have to make my own

12 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    June 12, 2016 7:23 am

    ah. ok, so there’s a little tease at the end (as if the whole post wasn’t enough to entice me) and i am wondering about miyama!


    • June 12, 2016 9:17 am

      Velma – I wish we could walk the street and pathways of Miyama together – heaven is hiding in the misty, tree covered hills. Pictures to come!


  2. June 12, 2016 3:07 am

    I hyperventilate at the thought of cutting into that linen! But I am so looking forward to seeing what you create with it and all these other beautiful pieces!


  3. June 11, 2016 6:06 pm

    All these indigo textiles are making me swoon. Your sashiko crest turned out fabulous! That radish noren is so lovely. I love how the Japanese use such mundane daily items with aplomb.


    • June 11, 2016 6:18 pm

      Kristin -the radish has auspicious significance. Can’t seem to stop sashiko/kantha/running stitch, it is my go to stress release.


      • June 12, 2016 8:23 am

        Running stitch is my favorite, too. With Namu Kie Butsu (pick stitch) next in line.


      • June 12, 2016 9:29 am

        Kristin – it is the words, the chant I like – but of course you can still chant while doing running stitch.


  4. June 11, 2016 4:40 pm

    Linen, shibori, and indigo…all in a hanten…just lovely. Glad to see Mini Moose and you are back on the loom. Thanks for sharing these wonderful things. Diana


    • June 11, 2016 6:00 pm

      Diana – it took some time to get weaving again but it feels good. I am warping more linen to weave the collar/front bands in plain twill for the hanten.


  5. June 11, 2016 1:51 pm

    That will be a gorgeous hanten – a true work of art. Or would you consider it mingei?


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