Pardon the long absence, it’s been a busy year

Hello, dear readers. It’s been a while. In January & February I traveled Japan. More about that coming soon In March we launched our wholesale import business and showed at the San Francisco Quilt Guild Show In April I wrote a bunch, then stopped because there was so much more work to do with the…

Summer Quilt Road Trip

A month from now I’ll be in Japan, but I’m already planning my summer road trip to AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I usually fly out and ship my booth separately, but this year I’m going to try something different. I’m going to drive the 2,291 miles of I-80 from Alameda, CA to…

New video, upcoming shows, and classes for October

Finally got done editing part 2 of the Deconstructing Kimono videos. They were both long, I’m working on shorter videos but sometimes I have too much fun to keep things brief. Class space is available for the two Sashiko classes I’m offering this month: Voodoo Kitty Pincushions. These will be relaxed, all hand sewing using vintage…

Sashiko Classes for Beginners – May 2015

I have two basic sashiko classes coming up in May in Alameda, California. Here are the details: Date: Monday, May 18 or Sunday, May 24 (Same class, pick which one day works best for you.) Time: 1-4 pm Location: The ReCrafting Co., Santa Clara Ave. at Everett in Alameda. Cost: $50 Includes full class kit. Just…

Schedule for March 2015

Busy busy! Local local! No airplanes for me this month. Here’s where you can find Kimonomomo this March: March 1 – Bay Area Sashiko Workshop in San Jose/Campbell. Details on Meetup.com or contact Carol if you need information/directions. The address is never posted online so you do need to contact me or Leilani if you’ll…

Event News for February, 2015

February 1 – Starting the month with a bang, I’ll be in the Campbell/San Jose, CA area for the monthly Bay Area Sashiko Workshop meetup. Sit and stitch with like-minded crafters ranging from absolute beginners to incredibly talented and experienced. All skill levels are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Fabrics, notions, thread, and assortment…

Learn Sashiko with Upcycle Alameda!

I’ll be teaching a six-week course with sashiko and other hand sewing skills using upcycled fabrics at the Recrafting Co. in beautiful Alameda, CA. You can join in on Upcycle Alameda’s Meetup event page and/or contact Joan at 510-913-2732 for more information and to sign up. There are a limited number of seats available and we would love…

Updates for Late December 2014

I really left you hanging there, didn’t I? Sorry about that. After all the buzz of shopping Houston Quilt Market followed by teaching and selling at Quilt Festival I’m always in desperate need of a month or two to crawl back into my shell and not talk to humans very much. This tends to upset people…

October events and news

Here are a few upcoming events I’m working on right now: 10/5 South Bay Sashiko Workshop – Campbell/San Jose, CA 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm The address is private and not listed on Meetup, so email me if you need details. 10/7 Piecemakers Quilt Guild Lecture and Trunk Show  – Newark, CA, 6:40 pm – 9:00 pm…

Baseball and Sashiko

I’m teaching a few sashiko classes this fall, so I’ve been working on demonstration pieces to share with the students. I was working on one of them last night while Thomas and I listened to a baseball game on the radio. We cut off our cable TV a few months back to save money and…

Hida Sashiko Thread

I’ve been selling sashiko thread in my shop since 2008, and it’s always been Olympus thread, nothing else. I knew of other brands, but Olympus has been a dependable brand for me, and I’ve been very happy to have it in stock and use it in my classes and projects. Earlier this year discovered Hida…

Olympus Wagara cotton sashiko sampler project part 2

Here we go, on to the fun stuff. The magic of Persimmon Flower — Kaki no Hana (柿の花) — is how it evolves. Like an actual blossom, it starts off simple and innocuous, then blooms into something wonderful. And it’s all about the math; if you want the blossoms to be bigger or smaller, you adjust…