Monday, April 8, 2013

Japanese Fabrics

So my Japanese MIL brought me 2 hand-dyed fabrics the last time she went to Japan. Now the edges are finished, so I'm thinking this is for a table or some such, but she told me she thought I could make something with it, just to be careful washing it because the dye might run. Well, they both made it through a cold wash and even a dryer. Here's one...



If I knew how to drape, this is what I'd do...



Here's the second one, which has fringe on all the edges.



So that looks weird as a skirt - I was trying to preserve the fringe as a border.



What would you do with them? They're a moderate-weight cotton from what I can tell. Too heavy for a shirt, and they may be too hot to wear there this summer. But I don't have a table they'd fit, and they're not quite like blankets. Any thoughts?

Also, I finished Stranger in a Strange Land, the sci-fi book I read over Spring Break about a man raised on Mars coming home to Earth. Definitely worth it, but the action and excitement of the beginning led to some sagging in the middle as they discussed religion, philosophy, and then sex ad nauseum. (Yeah, he joined a circus, if you can believe that, and started sleeping with everybody - but it was written in the 60's, so what did I expect?) Luckily, it all wrapped up to my satisfaction and had a killer ending (literally - ha!). Overall quite good. Next up is either Anna Karenina or Catch-22. Heckuva choice there.

4 comments:

Sheila said...

It would make a fabulous skirt.

Sister said...

Thanks for the vote, Sheila, I totally agree!

Anonymous said...

I love the skirt. Robbie

Sister said...

Awesome, thanks, Robbie! You must be getting some time off for good behavior.