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plastic bag from the swimmer store
the roof at kiyomizudera
face cloths for sale in kyoto
candystripe staircase in the omotesando camper store
hand painted silk kimono seen in nippori
saki cup pincushions
rope at kiyomizudera
cintia's kimono
the roof at kiyomizudera
candies seen in kyoto
the roof at kiyomizudera
the roof at nijo castle
tiled wall in kyoto
paper cranes seen at a shrine in gion, kyoto
shrine stickers

some inspiring colors and textures seen in japan.



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second installment of pilgrim’s palette and its not even a color! but why choose one color when you can have them all? so here is my salute to patchwork. patchwork appeals to me for so many reasons, yet it’s one of the few crafts i dare not try. i know my lack of patience and less-than perfect sewing skills will compromise my end result so i don’t even start. but the concept of patchwork is enough of an inspiration to me and so my fabric stash lives to spend another day alone in the cupboard, but my artwork is quickly becoming something a pioneer woman might be proud of. you’ll have to wait and see what i mean, but for today, lets enjoy some traditional patchwork.


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from the golden hands encyclopedia of crafts


as one of my beloved ‘golden hands’ books says, “patchwork is a truly sentimental craft which has always been connected with sharing and neighbourliness… the fabric of patchwork will often conjure up a score of memories – a scrap of the first dress you ever sewed, a piece of the blouse that never looked right with anything – reminders of friends and family.” don’t you love that image above this paragraph? the warm golden light in that picture makes me ache for childhood camping trips. obviously, i’m a big sucker for nostalgia, but i also love the haphazardness of patchwork. i strongly believe in the adage that “if a little is good, then a lot must be better” especially where pattern is involved. gingham and floral? yes please! stripes and spots? you better believe it!


patchwork bag

from the golden hands encyclopedia of crafts



and have a look at the textures in this bag: cotton, corduroy and i think some velvet. even though i prefer my patchwork more colorful, i rather like the washed out charm of this bag. i think it could be holly hobbie’s overnight bag, don’t you think?


patchwork blanket

from the golden hands encyclopedia of crafts


i really like this blanket. the combination of the wholesome gingham and the far out florals and paisley really does it for me. having said that, my favorite patchwork is hexagonal. i can’t explain it, i guess i’m drawn to the slightly more unusual shape. of course the fact that hexagonal patchwork is just that bit more complex than square patchwork is another reason why me + sewing a patchwork blanket will never = friends. but as long as the hexagonal shape tool in adobe illustrator exists, at least some of my patchwork lust will be sated!





it might be an odd thing to say, but i worship color. do you feel like this too? it has such a profound effect on me, when i’m dressing or when i’m working, sometimes i feel a bit like an alchemist. its powerful stuff, this! take some teal, add a dash of rose and a pinch of black – not too much! and voila! the magical combination of colors equal something new and greater than the parts. its power can turn your mood around or evoke memories.

i love that, perhaps more in childhood, our favorite colors help to define us. though i go through phases of staunch loyalty to a certain shade, ultimately i’m a fickle color tart! a year of red, then a season of green, a month of teal… while loving these colors i can’t fathom why anyone would love another color, “how could you possibly like purple” i’d wonder, “it certainly isn’t blue!” and then a month later all i want is to surround myself in purple. (its probably just as well i don’t follow sport, can you imagine the scorn i’d attract for changing my allegiances like this!?)

my color fetish lately is yellow. for such a long time, a true appreciation of yellow elluded me. yellow just seemed so sickly, and ew! yellow snow! being of an english rose complexion it had certainly never entered my wardrobe. but gradually it entered my home, and my heart.

its just so sunny and joyful! but in the right context there is a sophistication to it, and i think that was what i had missed previously. so to celebrate it, in (some of) its shades, here are some outfits that -if i could pull it off without looking ill – i would definitely rock some mellow yellow.

how do you feel about yellow? is it welcome in your home or wardrobe?

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