Natural Dyeing

Dyeing with Madder Root

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One of the personal projects I am working on at the moment is to make a Pojagi for my bedroom window. For the last year or so we’ve lived with the outside blind shut on our bedroom window, because street lights flood our room and it seems I can only sleep when lights are not […]

Personal Projects

Learning to Spin

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It was my 7 year wedding anniversary this year, and the traditional anniversary gift is wool. For the past year I’ve been saying to my husband “I want to buy the fleece of a sheep and have it handspun, and then make something for all of us from it.” Well it got to mid February […]

Garden

A New Year

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The second half of 2015 sped past, a whirlwind of dyeing, sewing, and new ideas. On the home front there were some upheavals as well, changes and realisations and plans for the future. One thing I have always done with this blog is to limit it, to only talk about work, or things that closely […]

Arashi

Visting Hiroyuki Shindo

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I first discovered Hiroyuki Shindo’s work about 2 years ago. I can’t quite remember what led me to his work, but i was immediately taken with it. His art is very different to traditional “Arimatsu” shibori, and it is awe inspiring. If you google image search his name you will find so much to love […]

Japan

Aizen Kobo

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On my first day in Kyoto, I visited Aizen Kobo –¬† an old indigo dye house / shop. It is situated at the front of the family home, and the master dyer still works and lives there. Aizen Kobo is the kind of store indigo dyers wished they owned. It is full of beautifully dyed […]

Japan

Toyota Textile Museum

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When booking our holiday I was so convinced that the shibori festival was going to be full of things to see and do that I allowed for the whole weekend to visit it. ¬†After spending a whole day there I came to the realisation that I did not need to go back on the Sunday […]