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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

Stitch Magazine Winter Gifts Issue 2012 Goldwork Fukusa

Well, hello again and Happy New Year, Stitch fans! I’m happy to announce my latest appearance with the fabulous Stitch Winter Gifts Issue 2012. This issue is crammed full of seasonal gift and craft ideas, and I’ve tossed my hat into the ring once again with a traditional Japanese textile project that you can make…

Final month for KimonoMomo Etsy shop

This is it! I have two other businesses that have been growing quickly, and it’s time to let go of KimonoMomo. I started discounting bolts by 30% back in January, and now I’m offering you a coupon code that will give you an EXTRA 30% all items in my shop. When placing your order online,…

Holiday Coupon Code

Keeping up with my editing and writing work means I’ve let this blog and the KimonoMomo Etsy shop slow down a bit more than I’d like, but having decided long ago to let this business go so I can grow my new business, that’s bound to happen. Between now and the end of 2011 I’m…

Sashiko Furoshiki

Wandering around the San Francisco Design District last week, I found this gorgeous HUGE furoshiki at Tansu Design. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my tape measure on me so I couldn’t tell you the exact measurements, but yes, that is a sofa it is draped across. I’d estimate the size to be roughly 4 feet in…

A Bear Hug for Japan

This caught my eye as we were featured in the same Etsy treasury today, and I wanted to share the love. A wonderfully kawaii (cute) bear for an important cause. He’s only $26, completely handmade by sleepyking, and all proceeds go to the American Red Cross for Japan. Hurry! He looks lonely. I bet he’d…

New in the shop for April

Yummy new yukata fabrics have landed, with more on the way. I just can’t help myself when it comes to getting more. Unlike the larger Kona Bay and Alexander Henry cotton bolts I have on the shelf, yukata cottons take up so little space, which leads me to figure I can fit in a few…

Focus on Indigo part II, shibori and yogi

Following the vest theme of the previous post, here is a fabulous example of indigo shibori from Honeychurch Antiques of Seattle, Washington. This piece features shibori done in orinui and shirokage (white shadow) styles. The white bands would have been bound and reserved during the dye process, making this a rather labor intensive textile. Dyeing…

Because it’s still winter here

I’ve been drooling over scarves on Etsy recently. It’s still chilly enough here in the San Francisco area that I could happily wear one, so I’m sharing my appreciation of fine neck wear with you today. Enjoy! Fine merino wool warmly knitted in Massachusetts, USA. Flirtatious felted wool from Russia with love. Delicate as a…

Sashiko updates

First the bad news: Due to a falling Dollar and rising Yen, my wholesale supplier has raised prices on most sashiko items. This means that with my next restock, I’ll have to raise prices, too. Now the good news: I’m keeping my prices low until new items come in. Stock up now to get your…

The Old Girl, part III

“How the dickens do you thread this thing?” That was our first challenge after establishing that yes indeed, she ran just fine. A search on the Singer site provided a free pdf download of the instructions we needed for our vintage 15- (“fifteen straight”) machine, and with a bit of tinkering, we sorted it out….