Sunday Stash – Japan

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japanzipsI’ve just had almost two weeks in Japan for the school holidays with my mum… Lucky, lucky me. I loved Japan – I have so many stories and pictures but I will save those for another post. Today is all about FABRIC ladies and gentlemen…

While our timing was just perfect to catch the end of the cherry blossom season, I sadly missed another Blossom – Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts and fellow QCA Admin goddess finished her sojourn in Japan about two weeks before I arrived. Nevertheless, I pored over her excellent Guide to Fabric Shopping in Japan and managed to squish in a few purchases (travelling with a non-crafter does have its downsides).

In Nippori fabric town Tokyo, I found a wealth of shops. I nearly walked away with nothing being rather overwhelmed by it all. Indeed, the famous Tomato was so crowded with prices really¬†still quite pricy that I didn’t buy a thing there. Just across the road, however, I stumbled into a shop with a load of beautifully rolled Japanese print fat quarters so I did some damage there.

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The silver print on the right fits with my navy theme but not the Japanese theme – no matter! That little find was from the Nomura Tailor House in Kyoto.

Across the road (next to Tomato) I found some Echino remnants that I had to try…

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And a lovely double gauze cherry blossom print which seemed to fit the theme of the trip.Japanfabric1
I also hit Yuzawaya – sadly the Ginza store near where we were staying was closed, so we had to hit Shinjuku again, much to my mother’s disgust. When I walked into Yuzawaya, I considered emigrating. Seriously. Echino zips ($8 each so I restrained myself), 2 tab zips, multicoloured polka dot zips… I could have gone zip mad, so I walked away… But amongst my Nomura and Yuzawaya aquisitions, I got some very cool and funky FQs…Japanfunky

Plus some dog themed FQs… (The Japanese are cat mad and I am decidedly not [unless lightly fried in soy sauce] so I was pleased to see some dog prints as well). I also bought two pins at Misyubari (the Hidden Needle shop) in ¬†Kyoto, so called because it is near impossible to find if you don’t know it’s there. The shop has been there for around 400 years and a shopping mall has sprung up around it. It is TINY. So are these pins.

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I think you will agree that I was VERY restrained! I bought NO YARN which is a whole different story but yes, I am thinking about moving to Japan! Now I just need time to sew! Linking up with the inimitable Molli Sparkles for Stash Sunday!

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