Saturday, February 26, 2011

tsunami bolt

I love the energy of the waves and brush stroke characters in this classic indigo and white pattern. ARRIVED THE DAY THE JAPANESE TSUNAMI HIT. THE FABRIC IS QUITE WATER DAMAGED IN PLACES. VERY EERIE.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

precious finds

These lovely bolts, full of color, are for adventuresome fabric lovers. The top one has the cutest little figure in turquoise printed on the canary yellow background. The middle is fun with its checkered butterflies. And the bottom fabric whispers understated elegance. ARRIVED. THESE ARE ALL GREAT BOLTS.

Monday, February 21, 2011

japanese tweed

This neutral indigo abstract pattern is quite appealing—with turquoise linework interspersed with navy on a creamy white ground. I can tell by the label that this bolt is 50 to 60 years old. ARRIVED. A CLASSIC FABRIC FOR A MEN’S YUKATA.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

naive daisies

This bolt is a sweet pattern of flowers on long tendrils—a perfect all-over design for quilters. ARRIVED. VERY GOOD BOLT.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

fans + stripes

The fan fabric is a traditional pattern, made in the 1960s. The fun stripe is a little newer, for a man’s summer kimono. ARRIVED. THE FAN FABRIC HAS A METALLIC THREAD IN THE SELVAGE INDICATING THAT IT IS TOP QUALITY.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

classy classics

These four quality bolts—indigo on white—all depict a Japanese scene: (top left, clockwise) pine trees, the Tatsuta River, ivy leaves and an overgrown forest. ARRIVED. ONE THIRD OF THE PINE TREES BOLT AND ALL OF THE OVERGROWN FOREST BOLT ARE HEAVILY DAMAGED. THE RIVER AND IVY BOLTS ARE CRISP AND CLEAN.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

antique geometry

Traditional Japanese homes did not have central heating. In addition, windows were often made of rice paper—even in the north.

This bolt is damaged at the beginning of the yardage with small brown spots. That can happen with the many years of storage in the cold, damp winters. My hope is that the core is perfect!