Saturday, 6 February 2016

Making Hina Ornaments

After posting about these Hanging Hina Ornaments, some readers have asked about patterns and instructions.

I have found a good website for instructions for various ornaments. The text is all in Japanese, but the pictures are good and easy to understand. Just click on the picture of the ornament you want to make. Go to Nunoasobi and enjoy!

Personally, for most of my ornaments, I have used an old book:
where there are instructions for the Hanging Hina Dolls (Tsurushiskazari) of Inatori Hot Spa Town in Shizuoka, and the Sagarimono of Yanagawa Town in Fukuoka.
 I also have a print for Kasa Fuku of Sakai Town in Yamagata with some unusual ornaments.

Pamela, you might find a similar book in Japanese in a bookshop in Hokkaido, but the Nunoasobi website is OK, too. Good luck!

Friday, 5 February 2016

HINA - 2016

Starting one month before March 3rd I have a tradition; I display my Hanging Hina Dolls for the Girls' Festival.
Each year I make a few new ornaments and for 2016 I made these three:
a butterfly
a leaping rabbit
a sumo referee's fan, called a gunbai. Click on the link to read more.

The two latter are made of chirimen and kimono silk stretched over a cardboard base.
The butterfly's chirimen body has a drawstring so the yellow part can be used as a small pouch (maybe for fragrant powder (お香), but I stuffed it with wadding.
There are now 70 ornaments dangling merrily, and I will have to think hard about what to make for next year!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

WIPW - Pockets of Time

Many of my daily chores keep me away from the computer so blogging has been very limited. Luckily I have been able to find pockets of time for needlework and have added the following stitches to my

Pile 'em On

 Left column from the top:                                                        Right column from the top:
Woven Cross Stitch                                                                  Broad Cross Stitch
Tweed Stitch                                                                             Gate Stitch
Goblin Stitch                                                                             Eastern Stitch

I pulled these Eastern stitches too much, but they were fun to make. Eastern Stitch was included in the TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) project and this is what I wrote about it two years ago.

In the middle are the stitches in white that my mother made many years ago. When I found this UFO of hers, I tried to complete it, but my tension is totally different from hers. Instead I started working my Canvas stitch sampler around her work.

I have already started on some new Canvas stitches so next week's WIPW report will contain a number of new ones.

I have also started work on the Hanging Hina Dolls for this year. Watch this space as they are coming up soon!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2016 - Part 4

In this last post about the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2016 I will show an odd selection of pictures.

First is a detail of one of the framed quilts:

 'From now on, enjoy' by Kayoko Kubo*「これから楽しみ」久保佳代子


This was my absolute favourite:
'A gentle moment' by Ms Itoh (whose first name is read in either of these ways: Hiroko, Sachiko, Yoshiko or Masako, I think)*「優しいひととき」伊藤祐子
Isn't the quilt design just perfect?

Here is a quilt I liked, with the moon reflected in water:
 made by Chizuko Takiyama*「水画(みなもも)の月」瀧山千津子


As you can see, this is not a quilt. 
It is paper poster for a 'poster quilt', featuring none other than Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit. 
So why does it say 'poster quilt' and Yoko Saito?

Well, Yoko Saito and her group so successfully made the Moomin quilts two years ago. This year they took up the challenge of making quilts for  'The World of Peter Rabbit' to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ms Potter's birth.

Yoko Saito, herself, made this quilt:
and it was featured on the official poster for the quilt show

Pretty good, don't you think?

To see more quilts from Beatix Potter's designs, check out Michelle Hill's report.


I end this report with a quilt called 
'Kiitos' by Chikako Ueno*上野知佳子
Kiitos is Finnish and means Thank you.

Chikako Ueno is a master quilter and apart from wall quilts makes beautiful bags (you can see one on the floor). She is a friend of my friend Julie, and told me she got the Finnish Marimekko fabric used in this wall quilt from a friend in Finland. 

Talking of friends, Tanya made me this beautiful tatted bookmark.
Kiitos, Tanya!

So on this note of friendship I leave you with a big 'Kiitos' for reading my report. 

PS. Tanya has just posted lots of beautiful photos of Log Cabin quilts. Don't miss them!