Friday, May 27, 2011

muted and woven

Here’s a pleasing collection of woven Japanese cottons that all go together—especially if you’re making a quilt! ARRIVED. THE FLORAL BOLT IS NOT BROWN BUT A DEEP MAROON AND EXTREMELY FINELY WOVEN!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

seeing red

Japanese cottons are always so lovely. This bolt is the purest, brightest red available—a perfect foil for the indigo and white patterns. ARRIVED. A BEAUTIFUL BOLT OF PURE RED.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

it’s raining gingkos

The long-lived gingko tree is considered a “bearer of hope.” Four gingko trees in Hiroshima survived the 1945 atomic bomb blast and are still alive today. This cotton bolt has a delicate pattern of gingko leaves dancing all over it. ARRIVED. A PRISTINE AND HIGH QUALITY BOLT.

arty Japanese appliques

I bought this absolutely charming book from an antique warehouse in Osaka. The art is made with pieces of kimono silk, woven tape, rope, threads and more. Very inspirational!

ARRIVED. THE BOOK, ENTITLED “RAG ART,” IS FROM A 1988 EXHIBITION BY AYAKO MIYAWAKI. IN THE FOREWARD, IT SAYS “ We hope visitors of the exhibition will enjoy this aesthetic world, which has been created by a housewife.” MRS. MIYAWAKI WON INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM FOR HER TEXTILE WORKS!

mod blossoms

A few blasts of fresh color make the over-sized pattern on this bolt intriguing. I like the change of scale with the large and small flowers.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

all-over patterns

Here are three indigo and white bolts that have great appeal to quilters with Plum Blossom, Oil Paper Umbrella, and Chrysanthemum designs. ARRIVED. THE CHRYSANTHEMUM PATTERN IS MACHINE PRINTED, THE OTHER TWO ARE HAND-DYED.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

stars and flowers

Naive and simple, this bolt is a refreshing find. ARRIVED. VERY SWEET.