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curves unleashed

curves unleashed

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER, WA  The goal of this year’s Yukata Cotton & Curves Workshop was to play with simple component compositions. You make one element. Then you make another element. Then you make another element. Then you connect them all together. The word of the week was FUN. No big masterplans. Just look at what […] +more


four may giveaways!

four may giveaways!

This month Okan Arts is giving away four one-yard pieces of vintage Japanese yukata cotton and three spools of cotton floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $63. The indigo and white yukata cottons, imported by Okan Arts, were hand-dyed between 20 to 40 years ago in small Japanese artisan workshops. The […] +more


jr rail pass: green is golden

jr rail pass: green is golden

By Patricia Belyea I have been to Japan over a dozen times but never traveled with a Japan Railways (JR) Rail Pass. For this past trip, Victoria and I had two-week JR Rail Passes that we activated once we arrived at Narita Airport near Tokyo. We made full use of our Rail Passes. In Tokyo, […] +more


four april giveaways

four april giveaways

This month Okan Arts is giving away four half-yards of Laura Berringer’s Fade Out collection from Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics paired with three spools of floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $43.00. Laura’s Fade Out cotton collection features only four colors—black, white, cream, and tan—for super subtle and sophisticated projects. […] +more


daruma does japan

daruma does japan

By Patricia Belyea JAPAN  On the first night of our Japan trek, the Mima family gave me a Daruma doll from Blue & White in Tokyo. Yoko and Kayako Mima playfully told me that the Daruma reminded them of my husband, Michael. We all laughed at that. Daruma, although constantly scowling, happily joined Victoria and I […] +more


kimono roboto in kyoto

kimono roboto in kyoto

By Patricia Belyea KYOTO JP  I’m telling you about this amazing exhibit, Kimono Roboto, with the fastest possible typing because it opened last night and closes in nine days. Yikes! To see the show, you would have to leave immediately, fly to Japan, train to Kyoto, and get to Nijo Castle. The high-style show of […] +more


buddha’s birthday

buddha’s birthday

By Patricia Belyea NARA JP  April 8 is an auspicious day in my life. Thirty years ago today I gave birth to my oldest daughter, Elizabeth Jane Stone. It’s also the day that temples around the world celebrate the birth of Buddha. What better way to experience Hana-Matsuri, the Floral Festival, than to visit the […] +more

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