Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Yuza Sashiko Guild visiting the UK in May 2016

Yuza Sashiko Guild will be visiting the UK again in May this year.  The sashiko experts from Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, will be at World Textile Day in Frodsham on Saturday 14th May and at Quilts UK, Malvern from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd May.  They will be showing their new quilts, inspired by Maruike-sama, the beautiful deep pool in the foothills of Mount Chokai, Yuza-machi.  The photo above shows a detail of one of the quilts made by Reiko Domon.

I gave the group a big bundle of different batiks, trying to choose colours and patterns that reflect the colours and patterns in the landscape in the spring.  It is a magical place.  Humans have been living in that part of Japan since at least the Jomon era (a lot of Jomon pottery has been found in this area) and you feel that people have visited the lake since ancient times.  The trees are covered in vines.

The shrine at the lake in autumn -

Yuza Sashiko Guild members have made eleven quilts in total - each one uses the batiks and sashiko, but each design is unique.  Reiko sent me photos of them all, and I can't wait to see them.  There are some really beautiful pieces which I am sure will inspire you.

There will be a chance to try sashiko at World Textile Day and Quilts UK, with a make and take at the first event and daily one hour workshops at the second.

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