Houston International Quilt Market #1!

Ok, a few pics from my first two days. More to come.

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The big red and white display is in celebration of the Festival’s 40 year Ruby Jubilee, and it is amazing. The other photos are from my shopping spree at Birch Fabrics, and the most excellent Tyson who helped me out.

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Dee Dee at Seven Islands talked me into way more fabric than I can handle right now… Good thing Thomas and I are working on our new shop space so we can fit it all!

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Two gorgeous photo-realistic, hand painted quilts I love.

More to come! So much to see.

October events and news

Here are a few upcoming events I’m working on right now:

I’m putting together some classes in the SF/East Bay Area for November and December after I recover from Houston. Then in January, AQS Quilt Week in Albuquerque, NM and the Tokyo International Quilt Festival in JAPAN!

Sashiko sewing machine – what’s your impression?

I’m a big fan of hand stitching, but I do own 7 or 8 sewing machines, most of them 50-100 years old and not capable of more than a straight stitch. I do frequently meet people who are happy with their sashiko machines but I’ve never used a sashiko machine myself. I can tell you that no, hand sashiko thread won’t work in your machine as it’s far too thick, but other than that, the machine is a mystery to me.

After watching this video I can understand the appeal of a machine that produces a stitch that resembles hand stitching, if only from the front, but I’m still going to stick with my handwork. It’s much more satisfying to me.

What’s your take on the sashiko machine? Would you, or do you use one? Tell me what you think.

I’m in Stitch Magazine again – The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews

This is a very yummy issue if you’re into historical and costume dramas in general and Downton Abbey in particular, which the editors at Stitch Magazine certainly are!

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This very special issue includes instructions to make my tsumugi silk sashiko pillow. I do carry all the supplies needed, including the fabric, but not all supplies are currently listed because tsumugi is a pain to photograph and I need to get that dealt with. I did just find a stash of the Soie et silk thread #519 in the back of a cupboard (where I’d been hoarding it) and that is now back in the Kimonomomo Etsy shop.

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They edited out some of my references to how Japanese silk works, assuming that most people don’t have access to tsumugi kimono silk anyway, which is sadly true. I chose to use tsumugi for this project because it behaves similar to cotton instead of the slippery (Chinese) silk most people are familiar with. Tsumugi fibers are untwisted and slubby, so it feels similar to dupioni or shantung. As it’s made for kimono, this fabric is typically 14″/36cm wide. I designed the pillow to use a 12″ pillow insert, easy to find at any major sewing or craft shop.

If you’re looking for tsumugi, I will have some listed later this week. In the meantime, here’s another project I did based on the same pattern, using indigo blue tsumugi and Soie et #501 silk thread. More photos later… the project is still evolving. But if you can’t wait to see how it went, check it out on Pinterest. 

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Basic Sashiko 3 tutorial video

A customer requested this project, and I really enjoyed doing it!

 

 

New Kona Bay fabrics in the Kimonomomo Etsy shop

Nobu Fujiyama. NOBU FUJIYAMA. sigh. So pretty. The entire Serene collection is just gorgeous. And yes, I have all of these in stock right now, even though they don’t all show in the Etsy shop yet. Patience!

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Baseball and Sashiko

I’m teaching a few sashiko classes this fall, so I’ve been working on demonstration pieces to share with the students. I was working on one of them last night while Thomas and I listened to a baseball game on the radio. We cut off our cable TV a few months back to save money and our sanity, and the benefits have also included more time working together in the living room in the evenings. I’d say it’s been good for our relationship. :-)

This was made using pieces of vintage yukata cotton and Hida variegated sashiko thread #201 in the photo below.

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Want to take the class? Live in the greater SF Bay Area? Check it out on Eventbrite. 

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