Time for a sale!

I brought Thomas along with me to Quilt Market this year in the hope that he would keep my spending under control, but that wasn’t the case. We did stay on budget… until he left and I had one more day at Market on my own to do a little shopping. So! This means I…

Shop updates and “summer vacation” in the Kimonomomo Studio

Thomas is on summer vacation from teaching 4th grade, which means he’s taking a very active role in the studio. Last month we had the following conversation: “How many of these fabrics are listed online right now?” he asked, looking at the wall of vintage kimono and yukata bolts. I looked up from the floor where…

Kimono Disassembly

I’ll be back to posting the Caterpillar to Kimono series very soon. In the meantime I’ve been taking apart several kimono I picked up on the Japan trip, and it’s been an interesting experience. Back when I first opened KimonoMomo in 2005 I spent a lot of time taking things apart. I am fairly adept at…

Engi mon zukushi indigo has arrived

What’s that, you say? Remember the indigo I polled about last week? It’s here. And boy, was I surprised when I pulled it from the package. This is not quite what I expected, but I sure do like it! Engi mon zukushi translates roughly to a collection of small treasures. What I had at first…

Feeling a tad overwhelmed

After two weekends spent surrounded by the sort of beautiful textiles and antiques you’d expect to find in a museum or private collection and being able to not only photograph them, but actually touch them, I find myself with pages of handwritten notes and innumerable photographs to sort through (I stopped counting and just try…

Memo for mid-month

Where has the time gone? It’s already half way through November! Things have been moving slowly here for a while as we find our footing again. My current project is drafting a pattern and making a prototype bag for the class I will be teaching in March. Aside from that, chasing sunshine and photographing more…

Spring Sale now up

The current sale in the Etsy shop is 20% off all quilting cottons from In The Beginning, Kona Bay and Robert Kaufman. I need to make room for new bolts coming next month so jump on in and stock up! Sale runs from today, March 15 until April 15, 2009.

A little something to keep you warm

Digging through boxes in the garage today I came aross a few more vintage boro blankets I’ve had stashed for nearly two years now. I blogged about our family’s favorite last January, but this one has not been in use as it has only one layer with no backing or batting. The weave technique used…

Three examples of indigo shibori

Due to circumstances that likely could have been avoided, I will be writing part 2 of the sashiko tutorial tomorrow instead of today. In the meantime, here are some great examples of shibori done in indigo and white. These three show just how diverse a medium shibori can be. The piece on the left is…

Fingers, thimbles, dancing needles

I’ve been busy sewing, both by hand and machine, as many kimono scarves and obi bags as I can this week. Preparation continues for the show this Thursday, then the one after that. During this time my mother is also preparing for surgery, so we’re all anxious to see that come out well. I confess…