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October 2023

A Rare Gift

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An arborist friend kindly stopped by my studio to give me this treasure.

Insect gall called Gobaishi / Fushi.

Used to be used as dyestuff, ink, leather-tanning and so on.
Usually I buy the dried one at Chinese medicine shop. Very first time to see the fresh one!

Looking forward to dye with it.



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Yes, Wool 100% !

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Most of sheep wool of mutton sheep are abandoned in Japan.
We try to upcycle such sheep wool, spinning, weaving or knitting.
Today we took out damage parts, dungs, grasses and soaked into soapy hot water.

Handwork with chatting...a happy Sunday afternoon.

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Autumn Fragrance

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Kinmokusei(fragrant olive) finally began to bloom!
It's so comfortable to be in such fragrant and autumn temperature air.

Good for wool work today.

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From Class Room

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Obi-belt woven by a student of mine.
The weaving is full of natural beauty, and
her sense of outfit is also awesome!

Obidome-brooch is pomegranate design and obiage-sash is dyed with pomegranate branches and leaves.

Perfect autumn fashion!

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Tokyo Spinning Party 2023


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Sep.30 & Oct.1
Tokyo Spinning Party 2023 was held.

It's one of the biggest fairs for weavers, spinners, knitters and sewers.
So sad that many long-standing stores has been closed since COVID-19, but hand-workers in Japan are still alive well!

Demonstration of Bhutanese weaving by Yakland

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There were full of attractive materials.

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