Moving forward

Some of you may already know I have another Etsy shop, ArtisMagistra, where I sell hand dyed silks that are made in a studio in my town. I spoke with the artist herself yesterday (who prefers that I do not mention her label as it is rather exclusive) while she was loading up her old studio into a moving van and relocating to a shiny new studio in another part of town. This means that she has TONS of gorgeous silks for me to list in the ArtisMagistra shop, and I will get that moving in early June after things settle down a bit.

Fanime is nearly here, then I have a local Japanese-themed fundraiser for a local high school where I will be presenting a kimono fashion show, then I will take a day off BY MYSELF thankyouverymuch to recoup a bit. I’m heading up to my absolutely favorite relaxation spot, Breitenbush Hot Springs. Ahhhhhhhhhh….. So now you know that if I’m not here blogging, I’m off doing something else. As it should be.

Other upcoming events for the summer include KimonoMomo’s second annual kimono fashion show at SakéOne in Forest Grove, Oregon’s wine country outside of Portland. Last year was fun, and this year’s show will be even better. Please join us on July 26 for live music, saké tasting, and beautiful kimono. Other events will be announced here as they are scheduled.

In the meantime, keep posting your replies to be entered to win the sashiko kit for June’s giveaway, and let me know if you have specific topics you would like to see covered here on the blog.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    May 18, 2008 @ 11:03:26

    I love when you show examples. Do you have any finished sashiko projects that you could share?

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  2. The Ardent Thread
    May 18, 2008 @ 11:17:57

    I’d like to show a finished sashiko project and will when I have the time to sit down and do one! I’ve spent most of the past month getting ready for shows, so I haven’t done any sewing. :(

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  3. Kristen
    May 19, 2008 @ 19:31:35

    What type of silk is it that she uses for those sets? Also, I know that you sell them by weight, but might you have an estimate as to about how many pieces of fabric or what the dimensions of the fabric are? :) I know, probably the most complicated question I could go for.

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  4. The Ardent Thread
    May 19, 2008 @ 21:11:47

    I don’t estimate dimensions because many of the pieces are irregular cuts. These are the leftovers from garments, so they may be elongated triangles, etc. and there really is no simple way for me to measure them. You just have to trust us on this one!

    As for the types of silk, it’s a mix. She uses linen-silk blends, silk knits, chirimen, satin, devore (satin or velvet burnouts), thick velvet, gauze, chiffon, charmeuse, etc. Sometimes I’ll do a bundle with just linen-silk or satins, but usually they have a bit of everything.

    I’ve seen scarves, crazy quilts and pillows made from these bundles. They are just as yummy as they appear. I listed 5 the other day and 3 are gone already! I have some regular buyers who love to grab the best colors as soon as I make them available. (hint: get the RSS feed for the shop)

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  5. Denise
    May 20, 2008 @ 16:41:07

    I completed my first sashiko square and intend to make more as it’s a quiet, simple work for when I watch tv or chat with friends while working. I’d like more ideas as how to use them once done with beside quilts.

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