apparently, i sent the wrong message…

Now that I can get into a somewhat comfortable position to type on the keyboard, I thought I’d do a blog post and catch up with what is going on around here. I always start by going back and reading my last post.

Apparently, I sent the wrong message. I definitely did not send a message that said, “let’s make everything MORE difficult than it already is”! But alas, that is what ended up happening last week as I stepped over the low dog barrier keeping Bella and Buddy out of the vegetable patch. My foot caught the top of it and I went down hard on my left shoulder, feet in the air behind me!  A day long event at the UCare ended in an xray confirming that I had fractured my left humerus. Even though it was April Fools Day, it wasn’t humorous at all. Thankfully though, it wasn’t worse, like tearing something that required surgery. Got lucky there.  But this is really a major inconvenience and I will need to do something to carry me through until I can return to do my usual studio work.  Fortunately, no cast but wearing a sling. Yikes! This is the sort of thing that always instills a fair amount of fear in me. The inability to work! For any of you that are working artists/craftspeople whose only income comes from what we create, you probably know what I’m talking about here.  But this is the life I chose and so far it has been pretty dependable.  Don’t we all wish we could redo certain moments like this?

I did however make it to last weekend’s shibori and indigo workshop with the help of many since I can’t drive, let alone lift anything that requires two arms. Trevor drove and helped set up and load the car, students helped clean up and pack things back up for Phil to load into the car and drive me home. One of the students even picked me up on Sunday and took me to LA (thanks Cheryl!). We took it slow and the students were so helpful- I couldn’t be more fortunate on that account. Much gratitude and blessings to all the helpers in the world!
The workshop was full with both new and returning shibori practitioners.  It’s really great to see those who have continued really exploring the possibilities and coming up with their own techniques as well as challenging themselves to replicate some of the samples and books I bring.

working away…

So at the moment, I am focusing on being careful, doing the small movements that physical therapy has outlined for me and wondering about this coming month.  I will focus on some small works to put into the shop and see what else I can do that is within the realm of the permitted…

In the meantime, plans continue marching along for the Silk Study Tour to Japan (Dr says I will be good to go by then-mid May) and towards that end I have been working on a couple of items for the shop you might be interested in.

During my upcoming trip to Japan leading the Silk Study Tour this May, I will collect an assortment of wonderful vintage Japanese textiles to package up into collections for you to re-create into something wonderful or simply to study! These collections will all be unique, inspiring and varied. I always learn so much by looking at and re-using cloth with a past.

Some of the best wonderful bits and pieces are found in the odd corners, the small resell shop, the back corner of seamstress shop, or the temple sale. Many shop owners are thrilled when you come with a little knowledge of the fabrics and are often willing to teach you more as you share that knowledge and ask more questions. Each package will include some annotations and thoughts on the fabrics. Over the years, I have become better at recognizing the fabrics that have an interesting technique, are more rare, or have interesting stories to tell. There is always so much to comb through but only certain things stand out to me.  Often these are pieces that I might not completely understand but that from looking at so many textiles over the years, I just know there is something special about them. Many become study pieces and I have learned so much!

The collections will be limited and will be broken into the following selections:

Shibori, Kasuri, & Indigo Collection (20)
Amami Oshima Collecion (10)
Wonderer’s Collection (10)
Dyer’s Collection (10)

Please visit the shop here to see the detailed descriptions and pricing for each collection.  Since I return in Mid June, I will have these shipped out to you by June 30th.  Expect some fun, additional (non-cloth) surprises that will be slipped into your package for coming along on the adventure!  Your purchases will really make this month so much easier…
Plus, I will be uploading to the blog my findings along the way…the adventure begins May 14!

And… the new era name was announced in Japan-Reiwa.

15 thoughts on “apparently, i sent the wrong message…

  1. vivian383

    Sorry to hear about your accident. Persevere with the physio exercises and in a little while you will be back to normal ! The pictures you posted show some beautiful work. I was particularly eyeing the shibori tunic top and the camisole top. Are they your work or a students?

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      all the work shown was by class participants. there were so many other wonderful pieces too! returning students often bring clothing items to work on. one gal dyes all her work clothing in class! pretty cool. I’ve got them all looking in thrift stores for things they can rework.


  2. Bonnie

    Glennis, so sorry to hear of your fall, but glad that you will be quickly on the mend. I also broke my arm as you did & had to wear a sling. After a while, my arm was much comfortable without it, but my Dr. told me to wear it it crowds so it wouldn’t get pushed against. You might want to bring the sling to Japan. Bonnie

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      yes, exactly. I am planning on bringing it with me just for that reason. somehow I managed to get into the “over 60 club” before breaking my first bone! fortunately not related to any osteoporosis issues! biggest problem in the moment is keeping shoulder moving so it doesn’t freeze up so taking it off and on already.


  3. -N-

    You fractured your humerus? Where? Near the shoulder? Did you snap the head off? Did you fracture the entire shaft of the humerus? Is it a chip? What happened!!??

    The reason I am emailing you this rather panic-inducing message is that the humerus is a notoriously hard bone to heal, especially in the midshaft of the bone and toward the shoulder. In the area of the elbow, it is generally put into a cast to stabilize it. I would really take a good look at what is going on with the treatment – people have had their humerus pinned with a plate along the shaft, and had the humeral head replaced as people do a hip.

    Depending on where it is located, it can be a very difficult fracture to heal as the blood supply is not the best. Do some research and don’t assume you are getting the best of care.

    I took x-rays for years, and have seen many people – especially the elderly – who had this kind of treatment before pins and head replacements were possible – and never healed well. Your doctor may be looking at your insurance before your care. HMOs are often in this arena as opposed to PPOs. I am not sure how successful these implants are, but don’t play games with your arm!

    Best of luck to you!

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      wow! thank you for the advice! it is a “small fracture” so said the Dr. it is at the top and not all the way through at all. I will do a little more research! thank you for caring enough to comment!

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      1. -N-

        You are very welcome. I’ve seen some bad medicine. I’ve had bad doctors. It’s important for everyone using a doctor to be their own advocate, as well as to remember that doctor does not mean doctor is god. You pay a doctor for his/her expertise – they are YOUR employee, hired for their expertise.

        I love your blog and since I am in Ventura County, I often consider taking one of your classes at JANM, but getting there is a headache for me. I’ve taken classes with John Marshall, and do my own indigo dyeing from time to time.

        Get well soon!


  4. maggiebackman

    Glennis: I’ve been tardy answering a lot of your informative messages. of course no excuse but I have been busy moving to a smaller apartment, so I had to concentrate on that to get relocated by the deadline time. I decided about March that it was time to downsize and I had so much to cleanout and moving was an excellent option. Fortunately a newly renovated one bedroom came up closed to the elevator and my car parking. And it gets lots of sun and is much lighter than our other two bedroom, not far from our lower floor unit.

    Of course I notified all the family and with two different week ‘ends they were able to move all the heavier things and I used the old trick of moving cupboard to cupboard myself with the help of big loading cart. In the middle of the move we had these freakish snow storms, that slowed things down a about a good week or more. But I am finally in and taking my time to settle in. The big job was cleaning all my silk collection boxes –an fortunately, 15 banker boxes went to a big textile sale that Carla is involved in (proceeds to textile programs at our local schools). Then the excess downsizing items went to our own ‘Thrift shop sale’ and a few furniture pieces to our local ‘Furniture Sale’. Needless to say I am pounds lighter and finding a lot of niches and crannies to store what I decided to keep.

    In the meantime, all of your messages were full of the good and not so good news you have been experiencing.

    Not so good types news—Injuring your left shoulder (you will have to be careful on the trip– but thank goodness it wasn’t worse, and the news that you classes weren’t excepted at Houston. It will feel very strange not attending the show this year but I know you will find other avenues that will probably be better in the long run. Your contributions to Houston have been huge and I have noticed in the past few years there are a lots more dying and some other shibori type classes offered. I felt we opened a lot of doors at Houston, with Katrina’s sewing with silk, our dyeing innovations, gathering many different types of silk teachers to our fold and in general teaching the quilting world a lot of good classes and a better knowledge of silk and its contributions to the world. . I know the ‘silkies’ will miss us, the twelve years (??)of Silk Experience was good for all of us and maybe time to move on. The continuation of the silk Study Tours is a big plus and well appreciated by a large number of people. Our small ripples have slowly spread to a much bigger circle and will continue to influenced a good number of people in the world. That is an interesting retrospect for me and all of you that have followed.

    Good types of news—the new tour is so much more comprehensive and offers so much more that our first silk experiences in Japan. Your list of busy days in Japan, blows my mind and sends my thoughts to you and Hirata for wisely expanding the opportunities. So exciting to hear that Jackie will be returning—send my regard–, and a new author joining you. Reminding me to get to Hirata and Rumi—soon. Sad news about losing Ume-san. I know Hirata was very fond of him and he was an exciting addition to the tours. As I was cleaning out I saved a lot of reminders from our from our silk adventures and would like to do some writing about them. Hope your weather is good for the tour and send my regards to all in Japan.

    Because of the move I was not so active here at EH for several months but I am slowly getting back in the swing. This is no better place to be when your husband passes. There are 10 widows within the year of 2018 and we get together to extend our friendships and support each other, having new single experiences. We have begun a new Music committee that is responsible for promoting more musical programs here and seeking out a lot of the talent that we have here. I hope to have some enjoyable years ahead by traveling with other residents on short trips about the Northwest, taking the bus trips to eateries and musical opportunities in Puget Sound, and being with our kids and their families. I am still driving short distances to enjoy shopping and Starbucks but utilizing a cane and a walker at times.

    Your news of the family close to you is good, regards to Phil and your animal family. Not to mention the Volvo’s.

    I will be celebrating my 90th birthday this September and we are planning a big party here at E H. We have all reflected that the 90th birthdays parties are far better for us than waiting for memorials, to clebrate a lifetime. I plan to send invitations to all of you involved in 33 years of Things Japanese, school and Navy friends and will rely on our kids and grandkids to help with all of it.

    Take care of that shoulder and enjoy another year of our beloved Japan, I know you will have pictures to share.

    Good luck, love and such, maggie


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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      Wow! So good to hear from you Maggie. The new apartment sounds perfectly convenient and glad to hear you had lots of help with the move. We are fortunate to have good helpers aren’t we? Such a great wrap up of comments here… I’d love to attend the birthday celebration- will see if that can be worked out. I have some more news to share via email- perhaps later today.
      Love to you Maggie san!


  5. Juliann

    I am right-handed. When I injured my left arm, I stupidly thought, “Oh, well, I’m right-handed and it won’t be so bad.” It took perhaps one day to realize how much I used the left arm and how much I missed it. Take care of yourself. It will get better.

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