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March 30, 2021

I’m running out of ideas, enthusiasm and creativity

so, to have something to do in the evenings

I’m sewing a hinagata hanten – (sewing sample work jacket)

using up tiny scraps and thrums (leftover warp yarns after the weaving is finished)

using an indigo dyed, very fragile old napkin as a base

the front/back pieces were too short and I had to add a piece

in 2016 I took a 2 week workshop at the Japanese Textile Workshop

(Bryan seems to have given up his blog, you can find him on Facebook)

dyeing and sewing hanten

Yazaki Keiko, a professional kimono seamstress was our sensei (teacher)

here she is, in the middle – Bryan is in the kitchen

and in the kitchen garden

we made two completely handsewn hanten in the two weeks

occasionally stitching until midnight

as well as designing and cutting a stencil, a day in Tokyo and another day at a master dyer

 great memories!

returning home I made three more handwoven hanten

this one, made at the last minute for the fashion show at the ANWG 2017 Conference “Treadle Lightly”

at the University of Victoria

I was on the planning committee, crazy busy, totally stressed out, no time to weave anything

made from small lengths of leftover handwovens and indigo dyed shibori

all handstitched – it won 1st prize in the multi-techniques category

so, when I decided to make the hinagata hanten I reread my notebook from the workshop

it is a little bit crazy, I was taking notes while stitching and translating sewing terms in my head

I didn’t want to rewrite it, wanted it to reflect the experience

also referred to the pattern shown in the lower right of the picture

so a smaller version should go more quickly!


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    April 1, 2021 11:02 pm

    I love the idea of returning to old notes and making something again but in miniature. One day soon we will be able to go out and buy new materials to make bigger things and, of course, to go to classes, meet friends, mount events and all the other things that have been missing from our lives for so long.


    • April 1, 2021 11:14 pm

      Sue – one day… I get 1st vaccine on Saturday but all protocols will still apply. Won’t get 2nd shot for weeks as Canada is still struggling to get enough vaccines so everybody gets at least the 1st.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        April 3, 2021 8:01 am

        Glad you have had one at least. I, too, have had the first dose but am still being cautious – it seems sensible and not too restrictive. But I am meeting friends outdoors which is lovely


      • April 3, 2021 11:59 am

        Sue – second shot in 4 months and I will continue all the safety protocols and will be so happy to get a hair cut in 2 weeks.

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  2. March 31, 2021 3:12 am

    Gosh, to revisit notes from such a busy period is a real challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing what grows out of it all.


    • March 31, 2021 9:54 am

      Kate – unfortunately I think the small hanten will be too big for Gilbert. It shouldn’t take too long and then I’ll have to think of another project. Now I see that WP has changed the reply menu below each comment and instead of an “approve” click it only has an “unapprove” have to be careful and not hit that!


      • March 31, 2021 9:00 pm

        That’s another thing that’s new. I’m still seeing the original version, back here in Classic.


      • March 31, 2021 10:12 pm

        Kate – I am back in the old Classic, the “approve” button is back – I think they are playing with details a bit. I have noticed that in the past when they were making changes. I received a longish email reply to my short, polite complaint, it more or less indicates that the time when we will have to switch to the “Classic Block” is in the near future. Think I’ll try a couple practice blogs and not send them just to see how it works/looks.


      • March 31, 2021 10:17 pm

        Yes, I was thinking the same about the Block Editor 😦 It feels so disabling, somehow; I’m quick and quite at home in Classic and to have to fumble about slowly in Block feels as though I’ve got a bad case of brain fog. To be candid, it feels as if I’m being bullied…


      • April 1, 2021 10:09 am

        Kate – the entire tech industry is moving at such a rapid pace it’s a wonder that anyone can keep up – sometimes wonder if they are sure where they are headed.

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