Time spent in Japan with friends

It was great to meet up with friends in Yokohama a little different than catching up here in the studio. Sue, Clare, Trish, Gale, Michele, Karen and Mark from here and Sue and Jenny from further down the coast. We certainly had fun and shared a giggle or two. I have included just a few photos of the many that I have.
We caught up with Reiko Arita at the Yokohama Quilt Festival. Reiko san organised for us to take a class making an apple pin cushion and cotton spool holder. We had a ball and as you can see we all completed them. The quilts in the show were beautiful and we all loved the Kogin stitched quilt.
It was very pleasing to discover a few examples of kogin worked kimono at some of the stalls. Definitely more than last year.

We spent a few hours in Yoko Saito’s shop in Tokyo and learnt her needle turn and quilting method. I think we walked out of the shop with all the thimbles that she recommends. The quilts on display in the shop were inspiring and my love for taupes and yarn dyed fabrics grew even more.

It was lovely to see Susan Briscoe’s sashiko sampler quilt in real life (as pictured on the inside cover of her book The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook) and the Loch Lomond Sashiko Guild sampler quilts on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Trish studied them closely. In the adjoining gallery there were embroidery pieces that were stunning and included Kogin http://www.tokyoessentials.com/tokyo-metropolitan-art-museum.html

My totally favourite place was the Amuse museum in Asakusa. If you like textiles that are old and worn that exude a story then this is a must place to visit when in Tokyo and so close to the temple of Sensō-ji. I took so many photos inside the museum hoping to be a able to savour and capture the feel of the place but they simply didn’t do it justice.
The samples of Boro (rags) were truly wonderful and to be able to touch everything on display totally added to the pleasure of being there.
There were even sashiko stitched kasuri kimono that we were allowed to try on.
I will definitely go back to the Amuse Museum over and over again for sure. The wood block exhibition there was excellent too. The video that accompanied this exhibition was very informative and had been translated into English in a very charming way.

The image at the top of this post is a favourite of mine. It’s a tumbling block quilt that I found hanging up in a shop in Asakusa a few years ago when I went with Pete and Kate. Aren’t all those old katazome, kasuri, indigo and woven stripe fabrics shown off to perfection. We found the shop again just as we were heading to catch our train to the airport. Hence the photo.
I was trying to find it to show Sue and Jenny while they were still with us… but never mind I’ll have to show them on another trip.

Take care,
Until next time


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