Spring has taken hold here and the weather is pretty much perfect. Mid 70’s for the past couple of weeks. We enjoy it now while we get the yard in shape and the summer garden planted before months and months of heat sets in. Then we enjoy the yard in the evenings and early mornings…
It’s too bad I can’t spend all of my time outside right now but I’ve been busy with a couple of projects. My website has been needing a redo for a couple of years now since Apple stopped supporting iWeb and I have not been able to update it. I finally decided to switch everything over to a new Squarespace site where I can easily add my own webshop and get rid of the BigCartel shop I’ve been using for the past several years. Of course I am keeping the wordpress blog which you can also access from the new website.
To tempt you to visit the new shop, I added some new shibori ribbon colors and some of the new shibori for you to explore. For all orders over the next two weeks I am including a sheet of bead embroidery beading foundation.
I also finished a new piece and made a little video with it.
I had fun with it, broke away from it here and there for some gardening and perspective. I never really have a solid plan when I start one of these and I think it helps me not get “stuck”. I always give myself permission to change my very loose plan at any time. Often something seems like a good idea in theory but when you get into it you realize it is wholly impractical if not completely impossible. So, a fun puzzle to solve. I also tend to go through stages where I don’t really like the piece but from past experience I’ve learned to push past that and it almost always takes a turn for the better from that point. The point is not to give up on it. To finish. For me, with beading I find it hard to go back to a piece if I let it sit too long.
The new website also has all the info up for the 2019 Silk Study Tour to Japan. There are still about 5 spots (out of 16) left so… check it out! I added a bunch of photos from the tour there as well.
The portfolio page is kinda fun and if you’ve been following along for a while you might see some old favorites there. One of the main reasons for redoing the website was so I could keep my Events page updated. There right now are the 3 upcoming workshops at the Japanese American National Museum. I will soon add my upcoming classes at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November.
As always, my website is always a work in progress and I will be tweaking it here and there.
here’s a few photos from around here since the last post…
Buddy & Toby
Phil & Joe entertaining at the FOLAR river cleanup
and thank you for the overwhelming response to my workshops. when they fill 2 times over I understand they get to automatically repeat the class next year. that would be nice!
and…while I am leading the indigo workshop the very talented Mary Alice Sinton of Blue Bonnet Studio will be working the booth. Mary Alice is a certified teacher of both Traditional Japanese Embroidery and Japanese Bead Embroidery. She travels and teaches many classes. Come by and say hello! Houston Quilt Festival 2013
When in mid August I saw pumpkins stacked outside the grocery store here and orange frosted cupcakes and pumpkin cookies encased in plastic containers upon entering the store I wondered if perhaps I had somehow missed a month or two. But no, it was still August. Really- Halloween already? Won’t those pumpkins be rotten and the cupcakes stale by then? One does wonder.
But now here I am not exactly marking time but struggling to organize it. Realizing that reminding you to think ahead if you desire to order a large scarf for yourself or as a gift for the holidays would actually be a good idea. This way, I can get a handle on how to better organize my time and material purchases in addition to not taking on more work than I can actually create. I really do hate to disappoint and don’t like to do “rush” orders. So I was thinking, how best to accomplish that…
You can order your own custom colorway of course by emailing me an image or two that include the colors you like or, if you have had your colors “done” send me an image of the set of swatches from that. Here are a few recent pieces to give you an idea…
I will be taking reserves for no more than 25 between now and Nov. 25th.
Let’s see how this works.
Yes, it’s time for a shop update! A few things have already flown the coop-or maybe I should say vat, since this update is mainly for new indigo pieces.
there is (or was) some silk…
and then some cotton, with some patches stitched with silk. and a silk velvet moon. a great summer weight scarf for casual wear. boro-inspired- a reminder that no scrap is too small to use or dye.
and then some more silk…double edge ombre’d of course! 100% silk, a japanese narrow width open weave~
~double arashi plus ombre on a silk cotton blend. the ombre is across the width, not the length-I like a challenge…
and how about some moons? or circles? or circles in squares? or any which way arashi?
all on lightweight silk habutai.
there’s a few more things but you get the idea…most 2nd items ship free with the first…
Like I said in the last post, the online indigo class is continuing and a new group is joining in. Fermentation is in progress!
The weather is warming up here a bit and the indigo vats are liking it. There’s a bird’s nest under the eve of the house in the star jasmine and all day I can hear them while I dye. The babies yelling for food and the parents yelling at Milo the cat who loiters in the driveway, every now and then getting dive-bombed by the mockers just making sure he keeps a distance…I’m keeping an eye on him as well. Even Milo is wondering. Must be spring.
Typically in Japan, when one moves, one has a sayonara sale. That’s just the way they do it there. Also, a sayonara sale is a great place to pick up stuff you need when furnishing a new apartment. Check out the sayonara sale ads in the Tokyo craigslist. Garage sale- Japanese style.
Well I’m not moving in the classical sense but I thought it would be fun to have a sayonara sale prior to leaving FOR Japan. And besides, who couldn’t use a little extra yen on a 3 week trip to Japan? Not to mention keeping the bills paid up while I’m gone. Count me in-and maybe you too if you have been thinking about buying some scrumptious silk shibori ribbon or a silk scarf and just haven’t done it yet. Here are a few of the specials I’m offering:
~3 yard pack of silk shibori ribbon (regularly $45-$15/yard) Sayonara price-$30. (or ¥2280)
limited to inventory on hand.
~my Silk Shibori ribbon flower kit (all you need is needle and thread) reg. price $19.50-Sayonara sale price-$14.62 (will do my best to accommodate your color choice but may sub something close to your preferred color). this is in the Etsy shop. use coupon code SAYONARA2ME to get this price.
In addition, there have been a number of you who have wanted me to rerun the online shibori techniques class or at least consider putting it up in a PDF non interactive format. So for those of you who would like the option of doing the workshop as a self study class, here it is.
I’m going to be closing the shops- both Etsy and Big Cartel on May 13 thru June 10.
mata ne! またね！
the female moths are busy laying eggs now and i am busy preparing things for my booth at the upcoming Long Beach Quilt Festival. my booth is my nest of sorts for the duration of the show and i like to see it properly feathered.
jude’s spirit will be with us as well. she is sending this and a few other things for proper feathering.
the ribbons are piling up under the full moon-
some threads will make an appearance in the indigo *department*
(cotton and silk-solids, ombres, shibori’d)
also new in the *indigo department* will be a selection of what i am calling Whole Cloth.
larger pieces of indigo fabrics including my sea and sky fabrics as well as shibori indigo.
due to the time required to make these, they are somewhat limited.
they include cottons, silks, hemp, linen, wool and other interesting fabrics.
above us only sky-left to right-sunny, partly cloudy, & June Gloom
i will be posting up more pics as i can but most of my time over the next week is devoted to nest making.