Kimonomomo News & Events for May, 2018

Sashiko Subscription Kit for May – available now through May 15. This month’s Sashiko Subscription Kit features a heavier weight pre-printed navy blue cotton with squares printed in wash-out ink. The designs are perfect for spring with flowers, dragonflies, and bunnies, and we have chosen a selection of Hida Sashiko threads to go with the…

Travel Bug

It’s a weird thing, this constant push-pull in my heart to fly away and stay settled. Part of me longs for the road, but another part wants to sit with the dog (Daisy) and the cat (Lily) in my garden. So here I am, preparing for my trip to Japan, emailing with contacts in various…

Back from Grand Rapids, via Haiti

After returning from QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, Michigan recently, a discussion I had on my last day there has stayed with me. It isn’t textile related, but please bear with me. Grand Rapids isn’t a big city. At the airport you have the option of a taxi or limo sedan to get where you’re going,…

Sashiko Classes for May

When I posted the May 18 class I mentioned there would also be a May 24 class… then I forgot to make an event listing for it. And then I made the listing but forgot to mention it here. I suspect the 20 hours I spent driving from Alameda, CA to Portland, OR last week…

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Originally posted on Daily Japanese Textile:
Futon cover Tsumugi silk Stenciled, paste resist This futon cover has multiple auspicious symbols, including the chrysanthemum, wisteria, scrolling vines and interlocking circles, and so is probably a wedding futon. Most often, cotton is associated with indigo, and silk with safflower dye, because each has a chemical affinity for…

Product Review: KARISMA Washable Fabric Pencil

Among the goodies I picked up at the Houston International Quilt Market this year was a selection of KARISMA pencils. I’ve been a fan of mechanical pencils since the mid-1980s when my friend and artist Kristine Schramer introduced me to them. The ease with which I could draw a fine line and erase any mistakes…

Postcard from Ginza, Tokyo

It’s been a whirlwind of a tour here in Japan. From the picturesque mountain countryside of Gunma, to a lakeside hotel in view of Mt. Fuji, to the packed city streets of Tokyo, every day has been an adventure. I’ve been shopping at used kimono stores over the past few days, finding many treasures and…

Mini post from Gunma, Japan

Welcome to Silk Country. Gunma Prefecture has been famous for its silk manufacturing for more than a century. One of the largest silk mills in the world was built here in 1872, which took silk textiles out of the realm of the rich and put them into the reach of the masses for the first…

Karinui Comparisons, part 2

In part 1 I disassembled an inexpensive kurotomesode (high formal women’s kimono) and gave you a peek at the inner workings, so to speak. This time we’ll be looking at a more expensive kimono and seeing how different the two can be. Part 2: The Hot Date Unlike the pretty, fast, and easy Cheap Date,…

Guess What Just Happened?

Here’s a link to my personal blog for those of you who might like to get to know me better. I have some happy news I’d like to share.  carolziogas.com