Feb 19, 2016
Been working on this guy for quite a while. He's my folk art, improv embroidery. An original design.
I used mostly pearl cotton for the stitching, with some floss. The background is hand-dyed wool.
Ultimately I plan to embroider several dogs, all in various poses, and turn the blocks into an art quilt or something like that. Not exactly sure where this will go... but its fun to work with just needle and thread again.
Linking up with Off the Wall Fridays.
Feb 8, 2016
Whipped up these Cotton + Steel mustangs into my latest tote bag. Mixed in some Echino dots and it turned out to be a fun and bright combo. Added some vintage plastic handles, a few buttons, interior pockets, gold trim and of course, a zipper too.
Feb 1, 2016
|Two beautiful artists! Left, Yoshiko Katagiri and Yasuko Saito. Two of their students won the top 4 awards! Saito san's student won the Grand Prix! Both of them are featured in my book.|
|My friend the very talented Keiko Goke giving a demo of her innovative quilting skills. She is also featured in my book.|
|Merikay Waldvogel (left) has been an invited judge of the Tokyo Dome festival for the past three years. On the right is Akemi Narita.|
|Yoshiko Jinzenji (left) and her student of 30 years Akiko Shisusawa standing in front of one of my favorite quilts from the Festival, made by Akiko in the style of her teacher.|
|Yoshiko Kurihara and her husband (left) with me and Yoshiko Katagiri. Both of these ladies are accomplished artists and both had beautiful quilts on view at the show. Both are featured in my book.|
|Harue Konishi (left) and me with Chiaki Dosho. We met to sign each other books. Both of these artists are very contemporary and are making quilts that stretch the limits of quiltmaking with stunning modern and minimalist visual creations.|
|Quilter and designer Yoko Ueda at her booth (sorry this is not my best photo).|
|Miki Murakami and I in front of her latest - another stunning example of her colorful and intricate original designs. She is one of the up and coming quilters featured in my book.|
|Can't resist the selfie showing the massive crowds. In spite of the fact that I am the one holding the camera, it is so easy to spot me.|
|Where would I be without this woman? Hard to say. The kind and generous Akemi Narita!|
After all the amazing food, the stunning quilts, the scenery, the snow... It is these people and all the others I visited with whom I want to remember most!