Saturday, November 18, 2017

Giant Pear Gift

I am the recipient of so much generosity.  I received this gorgeous Kumamoto gigantic pear from my friends here in Shizuoka. I have never seen or tasted such a delicious perfect pear.  

Thank you!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Two Paper and Bead Ornaments

I felt like doing something small and beady so I stitched up these two little bead on perforated paper ornaments.  I think they turned out rather cute.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Work In Progress Wednesday - Stitch Group Kogin

First - a finished crazy quilt bag:

Two continued with finishing the crazy quilt bags and the rest of us worked on kogin.  For the kogin they had to choose which pattern and what color thread.  For this first kogin project, they are using #5 perle cotton because it behaves better than the kogin thread.

The first line of kogin must be counted correctly and the other rows follow.  I told them the first row might seem difficult but it would be easy after that.  It took over an hour to count out the first row and I was afraid they would want to give up.  After that first row, they found out I was right!  

Another finished crazy quilt bag - this one round, with a drawstring.  

Two more kogin starts.  

Here is a kogin toolie set (needlebook and fob) I am working on.

Leonore who blogs at Needle, Pen & Sword is joining us remotely. She stitched this with ecru thread and wants to try it again with white because the ecru didn't show up well on this fabric.

A great Kogin resource is Carolyn Foley's blog.

Until we meet again.......

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

It's Not Winter Yet

I took these two photos yesterday when I was out for a walk. 

Saturday there was more snow on Mt. Fuji.  I think Fuji San is telling us that it is not winter yet.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - Green is the New Orange

I think the orange temperatures are gone.

Week 28 of the temperature quilt 
November 5 - 11  
63, 64, 70, 59, 66, 63, 66 

Sarah at Sarah Did It!  is hosting a link up on Wednesdays for those making a temperature hexagon quilt.  Check it out and think about joining in.  You can start at any time. 

This is my temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Walk With Fuji San

Yesterday was gorgeous - warm and windy.  I went for a long walk and was so pleased to see Mt. Fuji everywhere I went.  

I am so happy to be living in Japan!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

34th Craft Crossings in Tokyo

This is Adventure #3 of my holiday weekend (Sunday).  I saw a little item on an English language news site about this traditional Japanese crafts event and checked out the website.  It looked interesting, but the thing that convinced me to go was the hands on workshops. I got up early and took the train to Tokyo Station.  

Because Trump was in Japan, there were police officers everwhere; and the coin lockers, vending machines, and trash cans were all closed.  

I saw this antiques sale area outside and wanted to look when I finished with classes but it was already closed down by that time.

The event was spread over four venues, but I only went to the Tokyo International Forum Building, the location of the workshops. I didn't get many pictures of the processes because I was busy making things! 

Tokyo some komen  

I chose the rabbit in the wave design and the blue paint. After applying the paint, I used a hair dryer to dry the paint.


My lunch mat

Tokyo honsome yukata

I chose the Komon design

I took these pictures of the two people before me as they made their projects.

My finished cloths

I chose yellow and blue dye, which made green where the two mixed.

Edo bekko  

I decided to take this workshop because I saw the beautiful things in the Bekko Craft Museum in Nagasaki and wanted to see how it was done.  I should have taken a photo of the shell before starting to work on it.  It looked like some big pieces of ugly fingernail.  First, I cut the triangular shape with this needle saw.  Then, I filed it and sanded it.  The teacher polished it with a machine and drilled a hole for the strap.

This is the teacher who is the third generation in his family to do this bekko craft. He is studying English and was happy to practice on me. 

My finished piece

Tokyo muji zome 

This was a kind of tie dye. I tied marbles into the fabric before putting it in the boiling hot dye for ten minutes.

My finished cloth

Tokyo shichiho (Cloisonne)

After putting the glass pieces together, it is put into an 800 degree C oven. It comes out red hot, then cools to the finished color.

I finished mine into a hair holder

Edo kimekomi ningyo

We had these fabrics to choose from.  I decided to make a heart, with two fabrics.  First, I put rice glue in the seams and poked the fabric in, one side at a time.  Then I put a silver thread in the seam and a red strap.

This will be a hina ornament, come March.

My finished ornament

There were many displays and artists. This woman allowed me to take her picture.

These are a few photos I took of the building as I was leaving.

I totally enjoyed my day.  I hope to attend next year and stay more than just a day.