Sunday, November 16, 2014

Postcrossing quilt part 3

Do you remember that i told you about postcrossing? I started sending cards about one year ago and i already received more than 200 postcards from all over the world.
Sometimes in an envelope with a piece of fabric for my postcrossing quilt;
i made 5 new scrappy logcabin blocks this week.

Sometimes there is a beautiful unexpected gift in the envelope. Cvete from Bulgaria, sent me a piece of crochet made by her grandmother!
Thank you so much Cvete.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Felletin, the yarnmarket, les journées de la laine

Two weeks ago  i went to the yarnmarket in Felletin, about 80 km from where i live.
Like last year it was fabulous, so much yarn, so many beautiful creations.
There was a young lady who proposed to dye yarn or a piece of fabric with plantes. I prepared some shibori fabric and we dyed it with onion skins (oh oh, the good old days, i did the same bout 40 years ago !).
I made a cushion with the fabric.

She also showed how to make a print of a leaf on fabric, so easy, so quick and with such a beautiful result.
You need a rubber hammer, a flat stone, some fabric to lay on the stone , a leaf that contents lots a tannin, like green oak , a piece of fabric on which you want the leafprint, a small  basin with water and a teaspoon of iron sulfate(to fixe the print). Also a basin with water and soft soap.
First flat stone on the floor, that old fabric, leaf and above the leaf, the fabric for printing. .With the hammer you hammer on the fabric and after some minutes you see the print of the leaf. Then you put the fabric for some minutes in the iron sulfate to fix it, after that you wash it in a basin with soft soap and ready you are. 

Felletin is a village in the department of the Creuse, their cake is the Creusois made with hazelnuts,
there was an enormous creusois to give a small piece to the visitors. Here you find a  recipe of a Creusois 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Paris, some addresses of Japanese shops

Last wednesday I was in Paris for a one-day-visit. I visited some Japanese shops. (I think I am in my Japanese period........)
Since maybe already 30 years I collect japanese teacups. I bought two small ones at IKAT, 36 rue François Miron in the Marais.

I also visited YODOYA, 6-8 rue St Gilles, I bought a mascot of a cat, so cute and they say that the cat brings luck.....

This shop is cram-full with small things, hairclips, key holders, origami work, buttons.....In the corner the owner is sewing with japanese fabric.

In the neighbourhood of the Sacré Coeur, I found a, for me, new asiatic shop, TAI TAI, 15 rue André Del Sarte.
Lots of small things like the other shops, but also some very special things the owner brought himself from Japan and China.
LIke these handstencilled indigo fabric, he is cutting a small piece for me.

There were beautiful jackets/kimono's in indigo and I loved this folded skirt. I took the photo for the owl cushion and you can see the skirt in front .

The owner talked so enthusiastic about his trips to Asia, i will surely go back in january to see what is new ........

If you never were in Rue St Anne, you really need to go there once. Almost everything in this street is Japanese, restaurants, shops even a bakery, at number 16, where i bought this delicious matcha muffin.

AKI, at number 11 is one of the best restaurants in the street, you can eat okonomiyaki, a kind of japanese pizza. It is rather difficult to find.
Another shop in this street is DISCOVER JAPAN, at number 12, they sell bags, Japanese slippers and the high quality,comfortably cloths from the brand EVAM EVA.

If you are looking for a kimono, go to KIMONOYA, rue du Pont Louis Philippe, not far from the Notre Dame.

At last I went to the Quartier Latin to visit JHIN, 5 rue de Condé. I bought some fabric.....

And as usual I went to Keatsu, 8 rue du Roule, près du Pont Neuf, to buy some scraps.....

I think I go back to paris in january for another day of shopping.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How I love Japanese fabric

I bought lots of small and large pieces of used, vintage kimono fabric from Japan. I bought them on Etsy and Ebay, and a friend from Australie sent me an envelope with lots of pieces....
The dark blue indigo is beautiful, often not faded at all, they were dyed in the manuel way .
Most of the pieces are with Kasuri patterns, a special way of weaving.
Some information about Kasuri weaving:

The making of kasuri is a painstaking, laborious process–a cultural and economic tradition that stands as a stark contrast to fast, disposable fashion. Below, a few facts about this Japanese wonder fabric:

   • Rather than dyeing and printing a piece of fabric, making kasuri requires tie-dyeing the yarn first, then weaving the various colors into a pattern. As a result of this process, there is a soft, subtle blurring of the patterns on the finished fabric. Because the patterns are woven rather than printed, the design of the fabric is also visible on the reverse side.

   • From designing motifs to applying the finishing touches, this high-quality textile goes through more than 30 different stages before it is completed. Each individual process requires skills and experience specific to that step.

   • It takes about two months to complete a single roll of kasuri (40-cm wide, 12-m long), which yields only enough fabric for one adult-size kimono.


(source Wikipedia)

I am going to make a bed quilt with the fabric in my favorite quilt block: the scrappy logcabin. I tried several other patterns but finally have chosen the block that is one of my favorite.
I already made 10 blocks, they are 19 x 19 cm.
It is such a pleasure to make them, i choose the fabric hap hasard..........

The pictures are quite dark, it was raining all morning ,fall arrived !

Friday, October 3, 2014

Small things for the Christmas market

I worked with wool felt and the sewing machine this week . Although weather is too beautiful to sit in my sewingroom to quilt, I wanted to do something..... Working with wool felt is easy and quick, I did not line the cases, only sewed some cute ribbon and velcro; the pencil cases have zippers. 
For the birdie wallets I uses the pattern for some decoration birds I made some months ago, i only enlarged the pattern and added some embroidery. 
Easy peasy...... 

Some phone cases.

Pencil cases.

Birdie wallets.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fabric dyeing and shibori in Bordeaux 2

Warning, a lot of photo's!

I am back home , it was really an inspiring weekend. Beautiful warm weather, lots of stitching , experimenting and laughter.  And of course lots of color.
The indigo bath was amazing experience, the yarn and fabric were green when they came out of the bath, but exposure to air quickly changed them to indigo.
Do you remember the stitching I did at home?
This one is a piece of silk.

The other stitching I did.

This one i made in Bordeaux, it is on silk. I learned a lot this weekend , silk and linen is much easier to dye than cotton and yarn is  much easier than fabric. You saw the yarn absorbing the color immediately, the blue of the yarn was also  more intense than on the fabric.

This was the one that I first folded and than tighten with thread.

The yarn start already to turn to blue.

On sunday we did 4 other bath, coreopsis, broom, campeche(i cannot find the english or dutch translation) and madder.
This picture is the coreopsis bath.

The campeche bath

On the line!!!

I made some bags with the fabric dyed in the campeche bath.

And one with the indigo fabric.
the other side...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fabric dying and shibori in Bordeaux

It was rather quiet on my blog these last weeks. I went to Holland for a week and i did not craft a lot because of pain in my arm. I knitted too much,  may be it is a tendon inflammation, arghhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Knitting is like a meditation for me, i miss it a lot......

Next weekend i'll go to Bordeaux for a workshop  Fabric dying and shibori technique.
Shibori is a Japanese tie-dying technique;


Ne-maki shibori example.
There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for shibori, and each way results in very different patterns. Each method is used to achieve a certain result, but each method is also used to work in harmony with the type of cloth used. Therefore, the technique used in shibori depends not only on the desired pattern, but the characteristics of the cloth being dyed. Also, different techniques can be used in conjunction with one another to achieve even more elaborate results.
(source Wikipedia)

I prepared some fabric pieces with shibori.

This piece is first folded and wrapped around with thread.

In the center is a flower with the leafs already tighten.

I sewed a kind of chess-bord, the thread need to be tighten before dying.

Two big leaves, i need to tighten the thread.

Another flower in another stitching technique and between the leaves a tighten some tiny stones from my courtyard.

For the fabric I uses vintage bed sheets in cotton and linen. Some are more than 100 years old.
I left for Bordeaux to morrow morning so in the afternoon I can explore Bordeaux. 
I promise you to make lots of pictures.