Thursday, June 28, 2012

sample creation : cotton tote bag

I made a sample cotton tote bag with frumafar. "bird" fat quarter size fabric and check & stripe linen.
bag measurements - 23 x 30 cm . approx. 9"x12"

フラマファーのカット布(45 x 52 cm)とチェック&ストライプのあずきみるく色リネンでA4サイズのコットントートバックを作ってみました

I made a bow with the scrap of the fabric. the bow is attached with a safety pin.

the other side

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Indigo dye - Aizome -

I tried the indigo dyeing and shibori at a one day workshop.

* Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root shiboru, "to wring, squeeze, press."

participants' dyed bandanas. beautiful indigo blue.

- cotton cloth
- disposable mesh bags
- dried indigo leaves 100g (0.25 lb)
- water 1.5 liter ( 0.4 U.S.gallon )
- sodium carbonate 15g x 3  (0.5 oz x 3 )
- sodium hydroxide 15g x 3 (0.5 oz x 3 )

1) boil dried indigo leaves in mesh bags with sodium hydroxide and sodium carbonate in a bowl three times.

2) take out the dye
3)tie and sew a cotton cloth as you like ( this is a fun part!)
4)soak it in the dye for a couple of minutes

5)dry the cloth
this is my cloth. I sewed and tied too much.. I guess. I had no idea how the pattern would come out at that time..

6) done
well... my dye is a fusion of Shibori and Tie dye. I love how it came out after all.

Here is some instructions for basic "Shibori" technique

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Coffee time

We visited a cafe, Yui plus 1,  which renovated the old  traditional Japanese house and decorated the tatami room with the antique furniture and the modern wallpaper.

 Lemon yellow and white stripe wallpaper is made of washi paper

 Next to the cafe space, there is a child room for a baby.  It's very tranquil.

The kitchen and the tatami room is separated with the glass doors with the wood carving decoration.

The cafe is in an old town which has many traditional buildings including a warehouse called "kura "

This warehouse is renovated and used as an art gallery now.

2288 Higashiichicho
Hitachiota, Ibaraki
313-0051 Japan