I just realized, that even though my bio (on the right sidebar) says that I’m a fabric addict, I have never blogged about fabrics! Why? I’m not sure but I can always start now. Since I have on board, some new sponsors that specialize in Japanese fabrics and crafty bits.
So today, I’m starting a new category of blog posts on Japanese Fabrics. And who better to start with than one of my favourite fabric designers – Naomi Ito.
Those of you who have been following my blog from the early days may remember my first post on free Japanese sewing patterns . That was from the brand Nani Iro. The Nani Iro line is designed by this lady – Naomi Ito who is an artist and designer.
I love her fabrics because every single piece is like a piece of art. Especially for those prints with very large pattern repeats, you can even hang them up on the wall like a piece of canvas. On my first fabric shopping trip in Tokyo years ago, I bought 1m of a turqoise and red polka dot print. Till today, I have not been able to use it yet because I can’t bear to cut it up.
Once in a while I will take it out to admire it, then fold it up and keep it stashed away
Anyway, while fabric shopping in Japan in June, I picked up these free brochures.
The first one was to announce the opening of her new atelier in Osaka. If you are ever in that area, you might want to pay a visit. Click here for directions. It is basically a shop and sewing workshop as well as event space.
The other catalogue I received is a fabric catalogue for 2012.
Examples of completed projects using Nani Iro fabrics and related products.
Ready made Bias tape. If you have every tried making bias tape with double gauze, you will appreciate this.
Double gauze fabrics from the 2012 collection –
patterns for these dresses are available for sale.
Correction : These patterns (the pictures above and below) and more are available for free on nani IRO’s website.
Made from the Waltz range
On the reverse side, all the fabrics in the 2012 collection.
Visit http://naniiro.jp/textile/ for the latest collection. It looks like she is about to release the 2012 Autumn/Winter collection but I can’t find any pictures of it yet.
There is also an online shop on her website but it’s in Japanese and they don’t ship overseas at the moment. Thankfully, there’s Etsy! One of my lovely sponsors has quite a collection of Nani Iro 2012 and some of the 2011 collection in her store. Check out her store here - Miss Matatabi
Next week, I’ll be featuring Kayo Horaguchi. Stay tuned!
P.S. Some of you who follow my blog regularly might wonder if the Translation requests feature that used to be on Wednesdays has been taken out of the blog schedule. No worries. You can still email me if you need any help with translation. And I will post them up on Thursdays instead (so that I can call it Translation Thursdays? Sounds better? ;P ) as and when I receive them. I don’t receive requests every week and I thought it was a lot more mood-lifting to do some fabric shopping mid-week! I always need a mood-lifter halfway during the week and online shopping helps ;P
Hope you liked today’s post. Happy shopping!