Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Sorry about the long break between posts. Last week my dear dad passed away and this very sad event has had a big impact on both me and the rest of the family. He was a lovely gentle man, a great father and grandfather and he will be sadly missed. Jill.

Have a look at this stunning piece of shibori dyed kimono fabric that I put on the KimoYes website this week. It is a soft pale mauve silk with a woven geometric pattern. Some of the spaces between the weaves are dyed a deep plum colour and pink shibori dots decorate the junctions of the woven designs. Imagine this fabric in a flowing scarf.

I'm also including some older cotton shibori pieces in our very soon to be announced Easter promotion. If you are interested in kimono fabric - wool, silk and yukata -  off the roll and picking up a few extra free pieces of fabric with your next KimoYes order, keep an eye on your emails! You might be able to pick up promotional pieces like these vintage cotton shibori.......


The winner of our KimoYes Mailing List silk pack is Janine Kingston of Manning in Western Australia. Congratulations Janine. A silk pack which includes a panel of the beautiful mauve shibori silk along with with many other gorgeous pieces, is on its way to the west.  

All you need to do to be in the running next time is to be on the KimoYes Mailing List.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Meisen Quilt

Scrappy Creation

I made this meisen silk quilt several years ago. It's not my favourite quilt, but at the time I was keen to "show off" some of my favourite pieces. It is machine quilted and my intention was always to hand quilt some of the flowers and other shapes.  I occasionally look at it and make plans to get out the quilting cotton but  I guess unless you absolutely love a quilt it is always easy to find other, more interesting projects. Some time soon I'll get out my other meisen scraps and have another go! I love the vibrant colours, large patterns and subtle sheen of these silks and I also like quilts with lots of different fabrics, but it is difficult to come up with a design that accommodates all three factors. Any suggestions?

You can find other meisen silk fabrics by performing a fabric search on the kimoyes website.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Meisen Silk

One of my favourite Japanese fabrics would have to be meisen silk - which probably explains why there is so much of it on the KimoYes website! I have my own personal stash of it and one day plan to keep a record of all of the meisen fabrics that I have collected over the years. Customers and others seem to either love or loathe it.

Meisen silk  is fabricated by weaving pre-dyed threads using the tie-and-resist ikat technique.
"Silk or cotton, are first stretched on a frame. Selected design areas are tightly bound to prevent the dye from penetrating and the hanks of threads are immersed in the dye pots. The bound portions of the yarns resist the dye and when woven, as a result of the threads not being perfectly aligned, create shapes with charmingly uneven edges". (Meisen silk)

On my last visit to Japan I was lucky enough to pick up some cotton and silk threads that had been prepared for this process. The first photo below shows prepared cotton threads and the other, silk.

Meisen silk became popular in Japan between 1920-1950, but most of it appears to be from around the 40s and 50s. It was popular because it was cheaper than many of Japanese silks, was "modern" and used many colourful designs. I love it for its vibrant, rich clours, charming designs and because it holds its shape so well when used for making such things a s kanzashi flowers and bags. I also marvel at the complexity of the process and the beauty that comes from it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Omiyage by Kumiko Sudo

Even though this is not a new publication, I couldn't resist buying this delightful book this week. I love all things written by Kumiko Sudo and this book has a special charm. Omiyage is the Japanese word for "gift" and this book is full of tiny fabric gifts, complete with instructions. In her introduction Kumiko Sudo describes gifts made of fabric as "the most intimate I can give."

Just have a look at some of these gorgeous creations....

And the real beauty is that these small gifts take such little fabric. If you are on our mailing list you'll receive a KimoYes newsletter within the next 24 hours which tells you how to qualify for a free silk kimono remnant along with another fabulous offer - just what you need to get started on one of these small projects.