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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