And the verdict is…

Cut, by a vote of 7 to 3.

Thanks all for participating in the mini poll! The winner of the fabric pack is Lauren of ABC Rags. Congratulations, Lauren, let me know where you’d like me to send your fabrics and they will be on their way post haste.

It’s been a year or so since I last did a giveaway, but I’d like to do more. I’ll be brainstorming ideas this week to see what I can come up with, and hope you’ll keep reading and giving me your input.

In the meantime, we have many new vintage kimono silk bundles and panels in the shop, just listed within the last 24 hours.

Kimono Silk Fabric Assortment #19

Kimono Silk Fabric Assortment #19

Pink Sakura Kimono Silk Panel

Pink Sakura Kimono Silk Panel

This little number might look familiar:

Pinwheel Meisen Silk

Pinwheel Meisen Silk

More shop listings to come Tuesday. I have another challenge posed by a friend, this time to reach 150 listings by Thursday. Think I can do it?

short informal poll

Just curious… before I take my seam ripper to these two silk meisen kimono, do you think I ought to keep them intact, or cut up to sell in pieces? They have been sitting on the shelf just a little too long for my liking and I’d like to move them, one way or another.

As an incentive, I’ll send a vintage kimono fabric pack to one random poster in this thread. Winner will be chosen on Sunday, July 26.

So, keep, or cut?

Pinwheel kimono

Pinwheel kimono

Checkerboard Kimono

Checkerboard Kimono

Challenged

Earlier today a friend challenged me to stock a specific number of items in my shop by 2 a.m. (it’s after midnight as I write this). Occasionally I get stuck in a rut and crawl into a corner with a book and a pot of tea, getting absolutely nothing done for days on end. This is not a good thing to when there are bills to be paid and customers to contend with. However, my friend lured me out of my hideaway with the promise of sushi, on the one condition that I bump up production and actually get some work done.

So here it is, for you and for my gracious friend, a sampling of tonight’s bounty:

Kimono silk scrap bundle #12

Kimono silk scrap bundle #12

Red Chrysanthemum Kimono Panel

Red Chrysanthemum Kimono Panel

Kimono silk scrap bundle #16

Kimono silk scrap bundle #16

More to come. I still have an hour left to work!

hot ‘n spicy

It was 100 F in the shade today, but I braved the sun and took a few dozen photos of new items before hunting down a cold cup of tea and a cozy tile floor to lay down on while spraying myself with Tumalo Lavender water.

Kimono silk fabric scrap pack #11

Kimono silk fabric scrap pack #11

Only two new items listed so far: new kimono scrap packs! Oddly enough, I picked out the hottest colors I could find. I must be losing my mind in the heat.

The rest will be a surprise for later, pending the finishing touches of measuring, photo editing and listing. Yes, I have more kimono. Really pretty ones, mostly iromuji (solid color) with some other beauties mixed in. I love photographing in full spectrum daylight, but I’m not enjoying the sunburn and heatstroke I get while doing it…

Developments

Remember that post about lead in silk I wrote ever so long ago? Well, it came in handy this week. Seeking to finish (at long last) my Bachelor’s degree, I’ve applied at Mills College here in the Bay Area. The application gave me the option of submitting graded work from my previous college (none of which I could find as I’d thrown it all in the recycling bin ages ago) instead of the usual trite personal biography.

It took me all of three seconds to decide on leaded silk. I already had some basic research done, a page of notes and links, and a few hours to myself to put together the 300-500 words required. Easy peasy. What I found was that there is a lot more to the history of impregnating our clothing with heavy metals than I’d thought. When you consider that our ancestors ate, slept and worked surrounded by lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals, it’s amazing we survived this long as a species.

I will post more on the subject after I hear back from the college about my (hopeful) admission. Until then, I will continue to dig around and see what else I can learn on the subject. Living in a textile-rich region means I have more opportunities to turn this into a serious research project at some point. If I stay in the field of vintage textile preservation and restoration, it would seem fairly practical to know the risks involved in what I’m handling.

Introducing Cindy

She’s no Clover Meadow, but Cindy is my endearing shadow these days. When people ask “is that your dog?” I answer “no, I’m her human.” I’m Cindy’s third human in the past ten years. Her first was an elderly woman who passed away when Cindy was just three years old. The woman’s family didn’t want another dog so off she went to the shelter where my mother found her. Cindy climbed up into my mother’s lap, put her paws on Mom’s shoulders, and hugged her. Seriously. Schipperkes do that, I’m told.

Whatcha doin'?

Whatcha doin'?

Schipps are very loyal dogs, preferring to bond with one person rather than an entire family. Since  Mom’s passing in October, Cindy has sort of drifted around all of us, sleeping on my bed, my childrens’ beds or on a chair, wherever she felt safe, I suppose. Now that I’m taking over Mom’s studio, Cindy has decided that I’m officially her person and follows me everywhere. Having lived without a canine companion for so many years, I am truly honored to have been accepted by her.

July sale… purses and more purses!

Purses… This month’s special sale category in my shop is obi bags. All purses, clutches and messenger bags are marked 25% off through the month of July. Need a new bag for the fall? Now’s your chance to score one of my sturdy messenger bags for a great price.

Cresting Waves obi messenger bag

Cresting Waves obi messenger bag

And more purses… The lovely Kaz Style creates charming purses with yukata cotton yardage, some of it from my shop. Originally from Tokyo, Kaz now lives in Georgia where she sews lovely little wristlets, pouches, drawstring bags and other items from yukata cotton and vintage kimono silk.

Sakura Wristlet

Sakura Wristlet

Sakura Sukiya-bukuro Pouch

Sakura Sukiya-bukuro Pouch

She also makes coordinating sets (each sold individually). I may have to get one for myself!

Ume pouches

Ume pouches

Kaz will be at the upcoming The 16th Year of Asian Cultural Experience in Duluth, GA, July 25-26 so if you’re in the neighborhood, say hello!

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