Sunday, May 19, 2013

Table Runners Looking for Good Homes

Actually this post is just an excuse to try out some new toys! I am writing this on my new Acer tablet  - finally made into the 21st century but better late than never.

The tablet is great although I would probably get the larger screen next time (this is 7in.). The camera is poor though, so the photos have been taken on my phone and blue toothed to the tablet, probably ho hum to most but very new to me.

Anyway back to table runners



And I've finally printed enough to keep one myself


Most of these (plus a few more) are now in my Etsy and MadeIt shops.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

More Japanophilia

One of my favourite recent purchases is this Japanese "noren" now hanging in the doorway of my bedroom. Noren are traditional Japanese fabric dividers, hung between rooms, on walls, in doorways, or in windows. They usually have one or more vertical slits cut from the bottom to nearly the top of the fabric, allowing for easier passage or viewing.

Noren are used by shops and restaurants as a means of protection from sun, wind, and dust, and for advertising space (mine are there for privacy). They are also hung in the front entrance to a shop or restaurant to signify that the establishment is open for business, and they are always taken down at the end of the business day (thanks Wikipedia). I love the colour, fabric (a heavy cotton) and design - depicting cherry blossom - of my noren which comes from the island of Miyajima.  I can imagine making a gorgeous local version - screen printed with a design featuring native flowers.