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artisans of tokyo

artisans of tokyo

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  An advertisement in a subway car alerted me to the Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair at Takashimaya adjacent to Shinjuku station. Only two stops from my hotel, it was easy for me to scurry over to the department store to see the Fair. Not waiting to find an elevator, I took […] +more


four january giveaways!

four january giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea This month Okan Arts is giving away copies of Quilted Leather: Adding Texture, Dimension, and Style to Leather Crafting by Cathy Wiggins and published by Schiffer, and colorful practice squares of leather. There are four giveaways, each valued at $60. Cathy Wiggins, once a “normal” quilter who made quilts with cottons, has […] +more


getting unstitched

getting unstitched

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA It takes about four hours to pick out all the hand stitching in a kimono. Reclaimed fabric, silk threads, hidden knots—they all intrigue me. The meditative exercise takes me on a journey through textural time and space. Specially woven, kimono fabric measures 13″ to 16″ wide. Two long rectangular pieces form […] +more


birth of a quilt museum

birth of a quilt museum

By Patricia Belyea KAILUA KONA HI  There are 21 quilt museums in America. That’s less than one for every two states! Who cares? We do. A quilt museum honors quilts and the people who make them—whether the quilts are traditional or contemporary. And by creating a collection of quilts, a quilt museum cares for them. […] +more


the first inserted curves workshop

the first inserted curves workshop

By Patricia Belyea KAILUA-KONA HI  I taught my first Inserted Curves Workshop last week on the Big Island of Hawaii. Thirteen enthusiastic quilters signed up to learn something new. So how did my inaugural Workshop go? Let me set the scene: The Workshop spanned two days. The host shop Quilt Passions rented an empty storefront two doors […] +more


four december giveaways!

four december giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea It’s time to celebrate! This month Okan Arts is giving away a copy of KIMONO Vanishing Tradition: Japanese Textiles of the 20th Century and a gorgeous tenga obi. There are four giveaways, each valued at $100. KIMONO Vanishing Tradition, written by Cheryl Imperatore and Paul MacLardy, is published by Schiffer. This hefty book […] +more


a visit with blair stocker

a visit with blair stocker

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Earlier this week I drove 92 blocks north to the home of Blair Stocker, the force behind Wise Craft Handmade. Blair is known for turning meaningful fabrics into modern quilts. When I pulled up to Blair’s address, I spied her classic Craftsman house through the gray November rain. Once inside, […] +more

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