Here are some ideas of putting together our coloured zippers with the Japanese tenugui fabrics.
Some of our HOW customers have been busy creating pieces with their supplies. They look so good, I thought we should all see them, to get a warm, fuzzy “crafty” buzz.
- Fran S whipped up these colourful cotton pouches in no time using the coloured “freestyle fastener” zippers.
- Julie J made a striped patchwork with her “colour cocktail” white & blue zipper.
- Sandy Lee B made a batch of Shibori and dip-dyed a crochet wall hanging – sensational!
- Kelly B used the ceramic transfers to add pattern to the ceramic pots & bowls she made.
This links you to the zippers in the HOW shop.
This links you to the Shibori kits
The ceramic transfers aren’t in the shop, but email me if you’d like to buy.
Do keep the pics coming and I’ll add there here.Don’t forget to #contemporarycrafting and #handsonworkshop . Our insta handle is @hands_on_workshop_how
We had a blast over the weekend at Finders Keepers, Brisbane! Your good cheer and vibe made us very welcome.
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just for subscribers. We’re giving a goody bag of Japanese crafting supplies to these lucky folk who were drawn out of the
bag of names. Enjoy!
Introducing Cohana Artisan Sewing Tools from Kawaguchi
Not available in Australia until now.
Made by the makers of Nuno Deco, Kawaguchi, the 60 year old company that makes a plethora of practical sewing products, the Cohana product line is an artisan range of sewing accessories. Kawaguchi has sourced the best makers for the task and what has been created are sewing tools and accessories that make practical keepsakes. Elegantly refined and unmistakably beautiful, the Cohana tools and accessories are completely Japanese-made by craftsmen from different regions of the country.
The features of the Cohana line include high-quality handmade tools and accessories made by craftsmen who work in factories specialising in their craft, such as traditional glass blowing, textile making and iron casting. The standout products include Marking Pins with Glass Beads, Pincushions Made of Cypress and Banshu Textile, Sewing Scissors with Wooden Handles, Shozaburo Thread Clips Made with Iga Braids and Paperweight Made of Nambu Ironware.
The colours used reflect the changing of the seasons, and provide crafters with a variety of artistic expression options. These makes special gift for the crafter or maker in your life.
You can buy direct from Hands On Workshop online and we ship direct from Japan. Click here to order from the HOW shop
Look at what else you can do with Nuno Deco….create your own homewares. We’ve ironed strips onto the wood blocks (found in craft supply stores).
Organise your craft room with our Nuno Deco
We asked crafty blogger, Claire from Heart Handmade UK, how she could use Nuno Deco and Fabric Label, this new iron-on washi tape from Japan.
She organised her craft room and it looks gorgeous! Her full blog post is here
We’re giving away 5 crafty packs, so you can do the same!
The WINNERS of the 5 crafty packs are…..
1. Kristina Scurgie
2. Karen Hastings
3. Sonya Rooney
4. Aliza Harrison
5. “Alleycot99” – sorry I don’t have your first name! but I’ve emailed you.
You just need to sign up to our mailing list, to enter, add your name below
Here’s a sneak peak of how you can use these fab new iron-on washi tapes from Japan to make organising colourful and crafty
Interested in craft workshops in Japan?
Have a look at this one for pattern design by Minako Okada Design Workshop in Kamakura city (about an hour south of Tokyo by train). You can learn about the principles of repeat patterns, which is the basis of fabric and paper pattern design.
Workshop participants learn basic pattern design and the principles of repeat pattern design. They can choose workshops which are suitable for kids; design and create chiyogami paper; or design and print a handkerchief. They learn how to design and make stamping blocks from an “eraser” material (easier than rubber or lino), which are then printed onto a fabric or paper surface. Stamping onto washi paper is the basis of the traditional Chiyogami technique of paper printing.
Minako Okada says they don’t need experience or tools, “the most important thing is to have an interest in the technique”. Participants learn “how to use colours on textiles, about traditional Japanese paper (washi) and so many things on their own!”.
Minako Okada trained at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and has built a reputation as an accomplished illustrator and Chiyogami pattern designer.
Her next workshops at Minako Okada Design Workshop are on 11 August 2017. Probably a bit TOO soon to plan(!) a trip but wouldn’t it be fun to do one?
If you have visited an arts and/or craft workshop, I’m compiling a list to share. I’d love to know where you went, what you did, and your feedback. Email me here
#japanesecraftworkshops #japanesemakers #japanesecrafts
I was introduced to work of the artist Junko Oki by a reader who was embarking on a trip to Japan and was hoping to see her work first hand. Junko Oki has just had an exhibition at the Shiseido Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo.
“the moon and the pupa” Embroidery Exhibition transforms your perception of embroidery.
This is how it’s described by the online magazine Asahi Shimbun Digital “By exploring the subjects such as the fundamental desire and incarnation of human creative activities, we will explore unique expressions that can not be caught in existing genres such as embroidery and crafts”.
You can view beautiful images of her exhibition here:
Junko Oki was born in 1963 in Urawa, Saitama. Lives and works in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture. Her bio on her website explains her characteristic style which uses embroidery as her artistic medium:
“In 2002, Oki began embroidering fabric handed down to her by her mother, using a style all her own. She has since held exhibitions in Japan and abroad. Oki hand-stitches without using a sketch, deliberately employing fine sewing machine thread. Her dense stitches, which seemingly yearn to totally express her inner world, possess an overwhelming power that transcends the concept of embroidery. In 2014, Oki published a collection of her own photographs, PUNK (Bungei Shunju), and her unique creative vision captured broad interest. “ She now exhibits outside of Japan in Europe and has gained a formidable following for her expressionistic, even “anarchistic” approach to embroidery. It shows how needle and thread can make a beautiful and powerful artistic form.
To purchase from our shop, click here
Nuno Deco and Fabric Label are two new fun iron-on labelling products which will transform how you up-style fabric items and clothing labels.
Nuno Deco is iron-on washi tape which can be used as clothing labels you can write on. Plus you can cut it into little shapes to dress up material and fabric items. It’s colourful, cute and offers all the magical crafting fun of washi tape, but you can use it on fabrics. We’ve tried it on tote bags, pencil cases, face washers, baby clothes, socks, and tee shirts.
Here are just some of the things you can try.
For you to make for babies and toddlers:
- singlets and t – shirt tops
- face washers
They’re available in our shop
For tweens and teens to make:
- personalise pencil cases
- fabric pouches
- tote bags
- library bags and school chair bags
- Label clothes with your name and mobile number (especially the ones that get left behind – gym gear, swim gear, towels, jackets, bags)
- Label clothes if you’re in a shared household/dorm/youth hostel with shared laundry
- Colour code kids’ clothes that all look the same – school uniforms, socks, underwear
- Embellish journals and books, clothes pegs, lampshades
It’s available exclusively from Hands On Workshop in our shop.