Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sewing for Fall

A flared hem pullover tunic in raspberry cotton/poly is topped with a knit scarf that I knit from this weird fiber. The wiggly pieces are strips of a papery something and the base yarn is cotton/viscose. I've had this scarf for years with nothing to wear it with, until now. 

Then after seeing this great vest on Pinterest, I had to make one for myself. Not appliqued or embroidered, at least until I designed a fitting pattern, but instead I used a stitch resist indigo dyed Noren that I got years ago in Kyoto when I was teaching there. A Noren is a set of entryway curtains

The fabric is a heavy cotton and the stitches were also a heavy cotton thread, holding the creases tight while the fabric was dyed. The wrinkles remain in the designs.
Here are some examples of Noren curtains. I have another one like this crane version.


  1. Wow, the indigo dyed pieces are amazing......I hope to grow up to be just like you! LOL

  2. Love the top and scarf. That scarf makes it spectacular!

  3. Deb from Kingston, CanadaJuly 17, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    LOVE the new curtain vest. It is stunning!!!!!!! A word about the squiggly yarn......yarn quite like it was taken off the shelves a few years ago because it is a particularly flammable product. So be very careful where you wear it,

  4. I am totally IN LUST (that's right, Lust, even more than Love) with your raspberry top and scarf! I am drooling with envy!