Event News for February, 2015

February 1 – Starting the month with a bang, I’ll be in the Campbell/San Jose, CA area for the monthly Bay Area Sashiko Workshop meetup. Sit and stitch with like-minded crafters ranging from absolute beginners to incredibly talented and experienced. All skill levels are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Fabrics, notions, thread, and assortment of other sewing goods will be available for purchase.

February 3 – I’ll be teaching sashiko and hand sewing in Alameda, CA with Upcycle Alameda at the fabulous Recrafting Co. shop for 6 Tuesday night sessions. Contact Joan at 510-913-2732 for more information.

February 19-21 – Come visit the Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival in San Mateo, CA. This is a fun, FREE show where you can try out new craft tools and find inspiration to actually finish projects you may have already started. Check out all the booths (including mine!) featuring beautiful materials and pick up supplies for your crafty ideas.

Learn Sashiko with Upcycle Alameda!

I’ll be teaching a six-week course with sashiko and other hand sewing skills using upcycled fabrics at the Recrafting Co. in beautiful Alameda, CA. You can join in on Upcycle Alameda’s Meetup event page and/or contact Joan at 510-913-2732 for more information and to sign up. There are a limited number of seats available and we would love to have you in one of them.

Here are the details: 

Join an experienced Alameda sewing coach and seven fellow Islanders to make upcycle couture! Develop your signature style. Rethink how you clothe yourself and your family. Have creative, collaborative, skill-building fun.

Each session begins with a group sewing lesson followed by time to work on individual projects, both machine and hand-sewn. For this series, all six of our group lessons will teach hand-sewing techniques.

No sewing experience? No worries. Our coach, experienced sewist and sashiko hand-sewing expert Carol Ziogas will guide us. Reviving your sewing skills? This is a fun way to get back in the swing. The group will help each other choose projects that suit each one’s style and skill level. For the first session, dig in your closet. Bring some things you love to wear as well as possible upcycle project pieces. It’s fun!

CLASS INFO:
Six Tuesdays, February 3 thru March 10, 6:30-9:30 pm.
at Recrafting Co., 2449 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.
$180 for 18 hours of sewing sessions + $15 for Japanese hand-sewing kit.
Small class size! Eight students.

Q: What is upcycle sewing?
A: Select one or more old garments or discarded fabrics. Snip and sew them into something new, something more you! Find Upcycle Alameda here and meetup.com
Call or text Joan, 510.913.2732 for more info. Hand-Sewing Lessons
Feb 3 Needle, Thimble and Thread: Hand-Sewing Theory and Method (Hands-on)
Feb 10 Design Transfer Methods: Tracing, Stencil
Feb 17 Sashiko: Japanese Hand Stitching Technique (Middle Ages)
Feb 24 Reverse Applique: Ancient Egyptian and Indian Hand Stitching Technique
Mar 3 Fabric Patching: Japanese Hand Stitching Technique
Mar 10 Stretch Stitches for Clothing Construction and Finishing: Slip, Herringbone, Cross-Stitch, Zigzag Daisy

Updates for Late December 2014

I really left you hanging there, didn’t I? Sorry about that. After all the buzz of shopping Houston Quilt Market followed by teaching and selling at Quilt Festival I’m always in desperate need of a month or two to crawl back into my shell and not talk to humans very much. This tends to upset people who are JUST FINE working all year round, and they can never quite understand why I don’t reply to emails, return calls, or answer texts for a few weeks.

Winter is my sanity-rebuilding time. That’s all I can say.

Moving on and getting back to actual work, here are some upcoming events where you can find me in early 2015:

I’ll post new events as they are confirmed.

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. 

New tutorial video and an upcoming show

The latest in my sashiko tutorial video series is longer than the first episode… mainly because Thomas wasn’t here to hurry me along and keep things brief so I rambled a bit. Hope you don’t mind, or at the very least find the ramblings useful. I talk more about thimbles and how to use them, why to use them, and show how the brown and blue “boro” quilt is coming along (almost done!).

Monday evening we shipped 475 lbs of inventory to Grand Rapids, Michigan for AQS Quilt Week. What is significant about the weight? Last year I shipped less than 300 lbs to the site, so this means MUCH more inventory for you to peruse. I’ve graduated from a 10′ x 10′ booth to a 10′ x 15′ booth and can easily fill that extra space. More fabric, new sashiko supplies — some of which arrived in the mail the same day we shipped everything out so we packed them up and I haven’t even tried them yet — loads of gorgeous vintage fabrics and anything else I can find that will fit into a box for transport.

Here at home we’re getting the old homestead freshened up with a new paint job and having a lot of the old wood trim repaired and replaced. Built in 1895 she’s been through a lot, including two big earthquakes (1906 & 1989) and we want to keep her going for as long as we can. For those who have visited the studio this year and haven’t been by lately, I hope you’ll enjoy the new look! For those who have been visiting during the restoration, thank you for being so patient and understanding. For those yet to come, welcome! I think you’ll love the new look. Here are a few before and during photos to give you and idea of what’s going on right now. Click on the photos to get a closer look.

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Before – May, 2014

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During – first scraping, August 2014

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During – first priming, August 2014

New in the Kimonomomo shop: a rainbow of vintage yukata bolts

Summertime is yukata season, and in the Kimonomomo studio that means getting the dozens of yukata bolts I’ve had hiding on the shelf (some for years) out into the sunshine where I can photograph them in the best light. Here are a few of my favorites, old and new.

Click on the images to view and purchase these fabrics in my Etsy shop. 

This one is a firecracker of a floral. Mixing shadows and light, it pops with bright colors and whispers with sketched lines. yu_indigo_274963.1

A bit of ice and fire, with a punch of flower power. These blue and red flowers almost look like sea anemones.

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Bold bamboo with a background of… even more bamboo. This one is soft and drapes beautifully. I’ve been thinking of some projects I could do with it (which is why I held on to it for so long), but I think it was getting impatient just waiting for me to make up my mind.

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Want a little variety? Try making a quilt with these 8 packs of yukata fabrics. Each piece measures on average 13″ long by 14″ wide and the pieces are grouped by theme and color to help you on your way to making a gorgeous quilt or other project.

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indigo floral yukata prints – 8 pack

pastel floral yukata prints – 8 pack

This last one is possibly my all-time favorite, at least until the next amazing print comes along! There are so many gorgeous ones to choose from, but I could work with this one all day and not get tired of it.

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I hope you find some new favorites of your own from among these and the others I have available right now. Visitors to the studio can dig through the dozens of others available, plus many kimono silk bolts and a wall of wide quilt cotton bolts.

We’ll be working on our next video this week while Thomas has a little time left before school starts, and I have a tiny bit of time before my next show. See you soon!

 

 

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