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End of Retail Flash Sale Continues

We would sincerely like to thank all of our valued customers for your support over the last decade,  it’s been a fabulous time for us both. We’ve enjoyed sharing our passion for beautiful Japanese textiles and the art of sashiko stitching, and have developed some lifelong friendships along the way.

However it’s time for us to move the focus of our business away from retail. Our unprecedented November clearance sale was a great success, but we still have a lot of stock to clear!

This means we’ll be continuing our closing down sale until close of business on the 15th of December.

An incredible array of beautiful Japanese and Taiwanese fabrics are still available, as well as the sashiko products that we have become so renowned for.

In-store — At least 35% OFF ALL STOCK

  • 35% off all stock (A small number of items will be 45% off. Scroll down for details.)
  • When:
    • 4/12/17 — 8/12/17
    • 11/12/17  —  15/12/17
  • Where: Shop 6, 451 Fairfield Rd, YERONGA Qld

Don’t Live In Brisbane?

Simply call us on 07 3848 3633 or email us at [email protected]he.com with your order and we’ll apply the discount.

45% Off

The following items only will attract a 45% discount (listed products only) for these two weeks.

Collection DY1407-A   – Pastel Collection

 

Yarn Dyed Charm Pack – 100 Light

Taupe Stash Rolls

 

Q001-D Collection

 

Taupe Gift Packs

 

Yarn-dyed Fabric Rolls

 

K020 Hexagon Pre-cuts 100

K020-1 Hexagon Pre-cuts 50

Shibori Jnr – Jelly Roll

Pre-made Tote Bags

 

STRICTLY only while current stocks remain available—they will not last at this price!

  • Shop 6/451 Fairfield Rd, Yeronga, QLD.
  • Monday to Friday,  9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
  • For all phone orders:  +61 7 38483633
  • [email protected]

Postage and handling will be at cost and does not attract a discount.

 

 

 

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Yarn-dyed Spring Clean Sale

Exclusively for the month of September, we’ll be having a ‘Spring clean’ sale on a selection of our yarn-dyed stock. If there was ever a time to update your stash, this would be it!

 

 

K051-6 Yarn Dyed Rolls No 6 Chocolate JR

Buy One of our Taupe Jnr Jelly Rolls in any colour and get $10 off the price.  This special is only available until the end of September.

 

 

Taupe Stash Rolls Pink

Buy one of our Taupe Stash Rolls in any colour and get $5.00 of the price. This special is only available until the end of September.

 

Collection DY1407-A

DY1407-A Yarn Dyed Pastels  From the 18th – 22nd September, packs of yarn-dyed pastel fabrics will be $6 off.

 

K050 - Green

Gift Pack of Yarn Dyed Fabrics — Beautiful as a gift for Christmas or a birthday. Available for one day only.  On the 26th September, all Yarn-dyed Gift Packs will be $10 off.

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Getting Creative With The Lola Girl Sashiko Panel

The Lola Girl sashiko panel is one of my favourite designs.

With its interesting take on the traditional Seven Treasures motif, it got me thinking about how it would look as a runner for my dining room table.

After completing the sashiko stitching, I chose a suitable Japanese backing fabric to subtly contrast the design. I chose an indigo cotton print fabric that featuring the Seven Treasures motif.

The results have exceeded my expectations, and the runner is now a permanent (and gorgeous) addition to my dining room.

For my table runner, I used:

On to the next project!

 

 

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Sit & Stitch Classes 2017- Yeronga Workshop

Sit and Stitch at our Workshop –  2017 –  – Bring your Sashiko Stitching for some tips on the day and a very relaxing morning of like minded stitchers – All skill levels are very welcome – 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. on days as noted on the Calendar –

Our 2016 Calendar is now available for your perusal  –   Please click here for dates and times of our Sit and Stitch Classes  –

Also available are our Craft Shows and Workshops for the 2017 Calendar Year –

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Needlework Tour: Sydney to Seattle — April 22 – May 14 2018

New Cruise just been announced.  Sue is delighted to be a tutor on the Needlework Tour from Sydney to Seattle from April 22nd – May 14th – 2018. 23 days cruising the Pacific – calling into wonderful Ports and stitching Sashiko . What a time to be had! click on the link for details   http://www.needleworktours.com.au/booking/craft-creations-cruise-2018/choose-your-projects

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Keiko Futatsuya Exhibition

We’re so very proud to be hosting an exhibition of Sashiko and Boro work by Keiko Futatsuya.

It will be happening at the Indigo Niche stand —Stand A11— at the upcoming Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair, November 3rd to 6th.

Along with her company Sashi.co, Keiko Futatsuya works out of the little town of Takayama, (which we were lucky enough to visit last year). For over thirty years, she has plied her craft as a world-renowned producer, designer and teacher of sashiko. Additionally, she formulates unique batches of vegetable dyes for sashiko thread, which we proudly supply. They’re gorgeous and you can view the threads here.    

Our exhibit of her work takes in a stunning range of sashiko and boro work that includes traditional coats, vests, and jackets, as well as tapestry, bags and boro pieces. This is a rare opportunity for you to see some work from a true master of the craft. 

Scroll on to view some of the items that we’ll be exhibiting.

very small number of items will be on sale—enquire at A11 for further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shibori – A Local Interpretation.

We recently got in touch with our friend Jane Postle to check out some of her locally-made Shibori.

Shibori has never been too far from our thoughts. During our travels through Japan earlier this year, we were very impressed by the Arimatsu Shibori Kaikan, a Shibori museum in Arimatsu, Nagoya.

Nowhere else in Japan is there such a central focus on the art and techniques of shibori than in this gorgeous little hamlet, nor such a dedicated passion; they even hold an annual Shibori Festival.

We were quite affected by their passion for this art, and the Shibori Festival is definitely up there on the so-called “bucket list.” (We also love their rough-around-the-edges website, too–very quaint!)

A popular misconception is that shibori is merely a Japanese version of tie-dyeing. This is inaccurate, as there are many techniques that are associated with shibori. Let’s take a look.

‘Wring, Squeeze, Press’.

Shibori is the Japanese word–meaning to wring, squeeze, press–for a number of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing.

The cloth is treated as a three-dimensional form, involving crumpling, stitching, plaiting, plucking and twisting. After the cloth is ‘shaped’ by these methods, it can be secured in a number of ways, such as binding or knotting.

This is all done with one goal in mind: to explore the pliancy of a given textile and thus its potential for creating a multitude of shape-resisted designs.

The key to getting wonderful results from shibori dyeing is to work with the limitations, and to allow them full expression. The special characteristic of shibori resist is a soft or a blurry-edged pattern. The effect is markedly different from the sharp-edged resist obtained with stencil, paste, or wax.

So if you ever try your hand as shibori, be aware that an element of the unexpected is always present. Think of it like a potter firing a wood-burning kiln. All the technical conditions have been met, but what happens in the kiln may be a miracle or a disaster.

All the variables attendant on shaping the cloth and all the influences that control the events in the dye vat conspire to remove some–but not all, thankfully!–of the shibori process from human control.

In fact we’ll even venture to say that it’s the element of chance that gives life to the shibori process. This is its special magic.

1. Shibori in Practice

It was a treat to not only witness first-hand some genuinely local shibori being produced, but also to see how these designs could be used to make stunning silk kaftans and cotton throw cushion covers.

Jane Postle has been studying shibori techniques for well over ten years, becoming a true artist in her own right.

Preparing fabric for folding and clamping.

 

Stitching and folding silk fabric before being placed into indigo dye. Silk is particularly amenable to resist-dyeing. (See the kaftans for the final results.)

 

From the vats. The prepared pieces drip-dry before being opened and rinsed. Note the different methods on display.

 

This fabric has been untied prior to a final rinse.

 

Each method has unique results, and the reveal is an exciting moment. This fabric had been folded and clamped.

 

The undone fabric is given a final rinse.

 

Some gorgeous results set out to dry.

 

“It’s the element of chance that gives life to shibori.”

 

Beautiful Shibori.

 

More lovely results.

 

2. Some Finished Shibori Products

 

Simply gorgeous–one of the Shibori Throw Cushions made from one of the pieces above.

 

One of three lovely Shibori Kaftans.

 

Shibori Kaftan – second design.

 

A third Shibori Kaftan design.

Kaftans

Hand-made shibori silk kaftans are available from Indigo Niche for $450 each. Each kaftan’s shibori design is completely unique, as perhaps despite an author’s best intentions, no two pieces of shibori are ever alike. Please email [email protected] for more information. Stock is limited.

Cushion Kits

Shibori cushion designs are available from Indigo Niche kit form.

Each Cushion Kit includes: a unique Shibori cushion front (hand-dyed in an indigo vat); a plain backing for your cushion; a 6″ square sashiko panel for insertion in the back of the cushion (optional).

For more details and further options send an email to  [email protected]

‘Til next time…

Sue