Category Archives: buy shibori

Bead shops and packing for Houston

Tig has been helping me with the packing for Houston and finally the first 4 boxes are done! It’s most of it which includes all the set up stuff, flooring, most of the inventory,and the materials and kits I need for my workshop. Phew! Even Tig was glad this part is done. She even found a box just her size and wanted to go along with to show off her pretty shibori tiger stripes.

I was taking a photo of Studio Beads new order when tig decided she needed a new head shot for her portfolio (you know, Hollywood is only about 30 minutes from here on a good day).

all shipped out

all shipped out

Many of the bead shops are now ordering ribbon for all kinds of lovely projects and jewelry-it’s fun for me to see all the creative uses for the ribbon when it’s put in the hands of so many talented people. I am in awe!
50 yards assorted cuts

50 yards assorted cuts

The bead shops prefer to order assorted one yard cuts as they are able to get a broad assortment of colors which works very well with beaders. I choose the selections and so far they just keep coming back for more. If you know of a bead shop you think would like to order the ribbon, please either let me know- or just pass this post and my links along- and thanks!

every inch an adventure

inching along...

inching along...

You might say that could be me in the photo above, inching along in my preparation for Houston show. I am making progress but at the same time so much to do! I have dyed up so much lovely ribbon but darn if people don’t just keep ordering the stuff! I’m gonna be setting a cutoff date soon on when I will stop shipping. Probably by Monday the 5th- be advised! Won’t ship again until after the 20th of October.

As I was working these past few days I started thinking (uh-oh..) about my product and what exactly it is I am selling. Yes, of course I am selling silk shibori ribbon (speaking only about the ribbon now) but what is the ribbon really? One silky yard of lovely color, pleated, undulating cool silk made with the spit of a worm. It represents perhaps the promise of something beautifully crafted by hand, some free time to create, a gift, a challenge, a little piece of something to inspire. It’s a little piece of me too, in a way. A piece of my story, my persistence,
my desire to make and to create. My desire to spread that and infect more people to take a little adventure into creativity. I’ve become an adventure capitalist! So come on among- join the adventure. Come on by and see me in Houston at the International Quilt Festival (Oct.13-18) in booth 728 where every inch is an adventure!

My shibori workshop has been sold out for some time (as have many of the Silk Experience workshops-look for a surge in sewing with silk!) but I have an open lecture on Thursday morning -come on by! (New shibori workshop scheduled in LA at the Japanese American National Museum March 27, 2010-contact JAMN for info-limited to 25.)
Back to it- getting ready to ship my booth stuff…

Summer Solstice Indigo Love

The word for indigo in Japanese is “ai” which is also the word for love. They share the same sound although each is represented by different kanji (characters).

Roses have long been a symbol of love and here I have “married” both my love for indigo with my love of flowers and especially the rose.
(available in my Etsy shop)

indigo rose

As you know, I have been practicing with my indigo vats and working on achieving both good depth and variation of shades in indigo blue. I am working on getting better at ombre dyeing with indigo. This weekend the vats are performing the best they ever have…perhaps it’s the solstice!
indigo ombre

Happy Father’s Day dad!

sayonara sale

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? Count me in-and maybe you too if you have been thinking about buying some scrumptious silk shibori ribbon and just haven’t done it yet. Here’s the deal:

-purchase my sayonara sale special from my etsy shop prior to Sunday night (that’s THIS Sunday folks May 3rd!)
-special includes 3 yards of my silk shibori ribbon for the price of two yards (or $29 )
-choose your colors (up to 3-sorry no half yards) from the photo in the listing and just note the color numbers in the “note to buyer” section
-limited to the colors in the photo ONLY-just to make it simple
-any questions just email me or leave me a comment and I’ll email you back

Sale limited to stock on hand- I’ll update the listing if any of the colors sell out. Here is a photo of the colors being offered:

I’ll pull down the sale from Etsy at 6 PM Sunday night!
(until then!)
kaimono shimasu!

I’ll be blogging along the silk experience road via bus, train and shinkansen starting 5/6/09 so stay tuned!

shibori flower garden

-been plantin’ some seeds & anticipating spring. looking for renewal.

I’m buried in paperwork for the next couple of days but in an effort to contest the dreariness of the job I procrastinated for a bit and made a bunch of pretty things. Should you want to make some yourself you can order up some ribbon and get a jump on spring.
Or you can order them made to order. All available on my etsy site.

I’ve always loved to look at how things grow and last month I dropped a few tulip bulbs into some containers to watch them grow indoors. This was taken over a week ago and now the roots are really fascinating. Several already have buds!

I am very excited to be taking a two day workshop with the master herself- Candace Kling! She just published a new website with dates of her upcoming workshops. I can’t wait to see what comes from mixing shibori ribbon with her techniques. This is my first class with her (or any ribbon class actually) and I hear they are just wonderful.
I’ve always loved her chocolate boxes-all ribbon of course!
This one is titled “Queen of Hearts”.
Make sure you click on the Art link in the sidebar to see some of her more unusual pieces. If you are in So Cal- maybe you’d like to join us!

Don’t forget- my shibori floral necklace class at Joggles starts March 11.

On another note-here’s a little lesson from the studio-
make sure you don’t contaminate the shibori by rolling the hot steamed poles on a towel that has some dye on it.
10 yards for an order that had to be redone!
so, after cutting out the offending sections-
-I have some very nice 12″-13″ yellow strips of shibori ribbon!
They’ll go into kits, scrap bags and finished flowers.
AND, I had to redye yellow, wrap, discharge, steam, & dry this color so I could ship the order!
When you have lemons -make lemon drop roses!

2009 Shibori Girl calendar- done!


Last year’s calendar sold out at both my Houston (Nov.) and Pasadena (Jan.) shows. This year’s version is done using the same format but of course with 13 of this year’s favorite and most commented on images from the blog and flickr. I’ll have them available in January at the Road to California show of course, but at the moment they’re for sale on my etsy site.

Spiral bound and printed on 11″ x 8.5″ 100# premium glossy stock.
If you order two or more-shipping is free- for now. They make a fun gift for any textile loving friend and of course you’ll need one for yourself!

Houston Quilt Festival

Texas Bob has a great post about the Houston Quilt Festival as well as a list of recommendations which includes the following:

1. Wear sensible shoes.
2. If you expect to see everything, have a plan and a map.
3. Bring your credit card.
4. Leave your husband at home.

Texas Bob describes attending this show from a man’s point of view which is just delightful and humorous and oh so true. It appears he write all kinds of posts about the state of Texas which I will go back and read at a later date- or perhaps on my iphone on that long drive out the 10 and across the lone star state.

I am feeling a little overwhelmed trying to get everything together just the way I want it but working through it bit by bit. Some things will go undone….. Reading this post (written in 2004) made me feel a little more relaxed.

I thought I would put up my schedule here for all of you going to the show and make note of a couple of corrections. If you look me up in the show guide at the show you’ll find me listed under Shibori Studio and not Shibori Girl Studios- they somehow flubbed the name. No matter…you’ll find me.

The show runs Thursday Oct. 30 through Sunday Nov. 2. There is a preview night on Wednesday the 29th from 7-10 PM.

My Make & Take classes:
How to make Silk Shibori Ribbon Flowers

Thursday Oct. 30 Noon – 1PM
Sunday Nov. 2 Noon- 1PM
Cost: $10 -kit included!
Sign up on the show floor- limited to 25 per class

And my Exploring Stitch Resisted Shibori workshop.
Friday Oct. 31 9 am – noon
I believe this class is filled but you may be able to check on any cancellations or classes for sale on the bulletin board located upstairs near the education office.

Grabbed the camera for a quick shot of this silk gauze which came off the pole today. Although the hot dry weather and Santa Ana winds combine to create a perfect fire storm in the canyons and valleys here in Southern California, it is really great for drying silk. As I recall, we were having fires here last year at this time and there was ash dropping from the sky from Long Beach all the way to Arizona as we traveled to Texas! This year it’s to the north west of us with the winds blowing toward the ocean.

(there are a few more on my flickr photostream)

One week to go…….

Silk Shibori Pocket Squares

The word charmeuse comes from the French verb “charmeur” which means “charming”. This silk shibori pocket square made of 100% silk charmeuse will add a little “charming” to any man’s dinner jacket pocket.

Hand dyed and pleated using the arashi shibori technique, these pocket squares can be manipulated into interesting shapes and tucked into a man’s jacket pocket, adding a splash of color and a touch of style to his wardrobe.
~ in my etsy shop as well as my bigcartel shop.