May 14 & 15, 2013 Japan

Traveling with The Silk Experience tour Day 1 On the bus. Cemeteries so compact, rice fields everywhere, so green with trees. Our group is like a flock of birds, chirping, settling down, taking off again. 10 am the sun is breaking through. Walls along the highway cut off most neighborhood views. Tile roofs, electrical wires…

Nov. 11, 2012 Cardiff, Wales

Sunday in the pub, Cardiff There’s a pervasive loneliness to solo travel. I’m the sort of person who makes off-handed comments to strangers all the time, but here I feel out of my depth. Everyone seems so settled, not interested in chatting with a somewhat scruffy stranger. I suppose I’m much the same as them…

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…