This is the first of two posts about the stash building I did in Japan last week. This week I will focus on fabric and next week I will focus on notions.
The photo above shows the three packages I bought at Mihama Cloth – a kimono fabric and two Echino prints. I love that kimono fabric even though I have no idea what I am going to make with it! The pack contains 2 metres and the width is 110cm. I think it was a bargain at 920 Yen (about $10 NZ). In Kyoto I saw so many beautiful kimonos and if I thought for a second I would wear one I would have been spoiled for choice. At this point in time I think I might make a few cushions and a pouch or two with this fabric, but I am open for suggestions!!
The Echino fabric was an afterthought purchase largely driven by the price (360 Yen for a half metre WOF cut – so about $4 NZ). Luckily this is one of my favourite prints in two colour ways! No plans for these fabrics either!
I couldn’t got to Tokyo without buying Cotton and Steel Tokyo Train Ride fabric! The print the left was also available in the mustard colour way but I decided to stick with just these two versions. To complement these four fabrics I have ordered a few more from the range from Pink Castle Fabrics and I plan on making a Bionic Gear Bag for travelling from theseAs I mentioned in my earlier post, there was quite the abundance of Cotton and Steel fabrics, though lots were the lion faces or the mustang ponies, which I am not such a fan of. I settled on just a few coloured and black and white fabrics. Those word search designs are so useful and I love the matches, especially in this sunny yellow.
And finally some Echino solids. Who knew they produced solids?! I certainly didn’t and was quite delighted to stumble across these with their intense colour saturation and lovely hand and weight. I was a little spoiled for choice and so I decided to get us these two colours which I will no doubt use for pouches or tote bags or some other 3 dimensional project.
Next year I will take more time to browse and forage and find the real gems rather than sticking with safe and standard Cotton and Steel. Just a note on prices – the quilting fabrics are between 1000 and 1200 Yen (including tax) per metre, which is less than half the NZ prices. Cotton, lawn, knits and other “non-quilting” fabrics of quality are between 250 and 1000 Yen a metre. Big brands like Echino (non-solids), Kokka and Nani IRO are more, from 1200 to 2000 per metre.
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