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thread and needle—zen-style

thread and needle—zen-style

By Patricia Belyea   KYOTO JP  I’m in Kyoto for the fourth time and have finally made it to two Must-See shops for textile lovers. Yesterday, Michael and I bicycled north along the Kamo River and west through the Imperial Palace grounds to the Nishijin district—home of Aizenkobo Indigo Workshop. We rang the video doorbell […] +more


japan: there & here

japan: there & here

By Patricia Belyea   KYOTO JP  Just before I left on this trip, I stopped by Seattle Asian Art Museum to get warmed up. The current exhibit entitled A Fuller View of China, Japan and Korea honors the Fuller family who travelled extensively in Asia a century ago. The Fullers collected enough art to fill a […] +more


no fleas for sale

no fleas for sale

By Patricia Belyea   KYOTO JP  The Kitano Shrine flea market opens at 6am on the 25th of every month. My team, Michael and our first homestay student Saori, weren’t enthusiastic about busing across town in the darkness of the early dawn. So we made a compromise—up at 7:30am and leave our traditional wooden townhouse […] +more


it’s not big, it’s huge

it’s not big, it’s huge

By Patricia Belyea   TOKYO JP   When I walked down through the Tokyo Dome bleachers into the International Great Quilt Festival, the first booth I saw belonged to Yoko Saito of The Quilt Party. Yoko’s famous around the globe for her subdued taupe fabrics and wonderful quilt designs. She was there, mobbed by her adoring […] +more


a blue & white day

a blue & white day

By Patricia Belyea   TOKYO JP  Today Amy Katoh of Blue & White added me to her busy schedule with a 12:30 lunch near her shop in Azabu-Juban. Along the way, I had time to stop by Shibuya Hikarie. On the eighth floor of this new Tokyo skyscraper, I visited d47 Museum to see “47 Textiles Today.” […] +more


tokyo: day 1—terrifying, day 2—terrific

tokyo: day 1—terrifying, day 2—terrific

By Patricia Belyea   TOKYO JP  When I awoke on my first day in Tokyo, I was stricken with vertigo. The world was spinning around me and I could not walk and sometimes not talk. Seven hours and a few tilting exercises later, Michael and I were able to leave our Shinjuku apartment to gently […] +more


gail harker: a creative powerhouse

gail harker: a creative powerhouse

By Patricia Belyea   LA CONNER WA  Gail Harker is a petite gal with a very large mission. For a woman who could be sitting on her laurels, Gail leads a nationally recognized educational center that celebrates art and stitch. Knowing Gail is a graduate of London CIty & Guilds Institute, I assumed she’s British. When […] +more

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