Shop updates for late February 2010

I’m still sorting through photos and notes for the Focus on Indigo feature, but I’ve also been plowing through photos and descriptions for new items and listing them in my shop. The sections have changed a bit; all 14″ wide Japanese kimono and yukata fabrics are now in one place under “Japanese textiles” and what was previously known as “quilting cottons” is now “cotton yardage“. The old line of KimonoMomo bags and scarves are together for now as the bags are being phased out.

Kitty Kokeshi from Alexander Henry

The cotton yardage section has been growing as new bolts from Kona Bay and Alexander Henry show up at my door every few weeks. The sashiko section has been well stocked in anticipation of several projects I have underway, including the trunk show and sashiko class I’m teaching at the Valley Stitchers Guild in Pleasant Hill, CA on March 1. Contact me if you’d like details on this event. My next scheduled event after that is the Knit-One-One March Madness Craft Sale in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, March 6. In April I will be at Sakura-Con in Seattle, WA, and in May I will be at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco, CA.

Dark brown and silver sensu fan

A new section I’m having fun filling is dolls and miniatures. Every one of these pieces comes from the collection of a talented doll maker who acquired these pieces in Japan during the 1950’s and brought them here to the US. These items have been sitting in storage for decades, waiting for the opportunity to once again be appreciated and enjoyed.

Doll tabi socks in purple chirimen

They are the ideal scale for many of the modern ball jointed dolls now on the market, and also make pretty little collectibles on their own. Many of the items were designed for geisha, samurai or kabuki-themed dolls. These items are limited and once they are gone, that’s it.

New items will be listed frequently throughout the week as I push closer to my goal of having 200+ items in my shop. I’m at 190 as I write this, so it’s not so far off! The shop will be offline during my trunk shows and any markets I attend, but will be back up as soon as I’ve taken stock of what I have on hand, usually by the next day.

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