Just a quick post today to give you the link for the 2013 Silk Study Tour to Japan.
If you are interested in seeing a few photos from previous tours, you can visit a Silk Study tour flickr set where I have posted a small number of the many photos I have collected over the years. This next year will be the 3rd biennial tour. We will learn more, visit new locations and this year we have arranged to have a day long workshop in the studio of a natural dyer whose family has been dyeing for several generations. When we were there this past May he showed us the most magnificent indigo dyed silk! It was dyed with fresh leaf indigo and I was stunned at the beautiful color he achieved. He tells us he only dyes seasonally and locally, meaning he collects dyestuff from surrounding areas and only when they are in season. This is not a new idea to him although it is an idea that is currently getting more attention these days.
Of course there will be so many things to discover and learn, friends and memories to make and keep. Inspiration to last a lifetime.
This month will be keeping me busy teaching a couple of classes at HGA’s Convergence followed by the International Quilt Festival here in Long Beach. The Houston Quilt Festival catalogs have gone out and you can start signing up by mail now. I think you will be able to start signing up online in a couple of weeks. For now, you can order the catalog by mail here.
I’m even more excited about Houston this year as I will be teaching two classes that are firsts for me there- an all day indigo silk dyeing class and also a silk mawata making class. I am also part of a team organizing a special silk exhibit on the convention’s exhibit area. A lot going on…but now must get back to making.