Ali Wilkinson

Sunday Stash – The Japan Edition

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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!

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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 theseneedledown_nz_sunday_stash_11_ 9As 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.

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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.

Linking up with Molli Sparkles.


3 thoughts on “Sunday Stash – The Japan Edition

  1. I certain approve of your picks, and went back to see what other lovely fabrics you came home with. I like it, too! I popped in from Molli Sparkles today, but see you’re in the 2015NBH, too. Not quite through adding in all from list and visiting, but must have been meant to find you one way or another.

    Cheers to working with such lovely stash you’ve garnered!

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

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