Red Shibori Napkins Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Red Shibori Napkins Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Say “Shibori” and images of saturated deep indigo cotton against crisp white fields come to mind. But the Japanese Shibori technique of resist dyeing that we love works beautifully with other colors, too – notably rich, vibrant reds.  And what better...
Shortcut Shibori

Shortcut Shibori

It’s magical. That moment when you first undo the clamp, remove the wooden blocks, and you carefully unfold your hand-dyed fabric, revealing it’s interior like a gorgeous new book. Traditional shibori dyeing is a true labor of love: an all-day process of folding,...
It Takes a School to Make an Elephant

It Takes a School to Make an Elephant

There are fewer things sweeter than witnessing what happens when open-minded people get thrown together to think, paint, create and trust in the outcome.  Several weeks ago what unfolded at my children’s school was just this: Magic. It began as a carefully...
A Cushion to Fall Back On

A Cushion to Fall Back On

It started when I saw a wonderful, floppy, thin mattress on a vintage beach chair my old friend Frances Boswell had sewn. (See her delicious blog, Kitchen-Repetoire.com). What a snuggy solution to sprucing up an old, angular chair! She was also knitting a stretchy...
Golden Gate Bench

Golden Gate Bench

Here in northern California so many front yards are beautifully designed and lovingly maintained, but rarely used. While traveling a few summers ago in Istria, I was struck by the very different form that a ‘front yard’ took there: a bench against a wall...
Sun Burst Chair Redux

Sun Burst Chair Redux

When I’m having a particularly wonderful travel experience, I crave pieces of the place to keep and preserve to savor later. More often than not it’s a piece of fabric (note the large stacks of textiles crammed on my office shelves), or a condiment (honey,...

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