Workshop at Yoko's shop in Ishinomaki

We went to Ishinomaki on December 20th to give a workshop at Yoko's quilt shop.
It had been almost a half year since we visited it last time.

When we entered the shop, some of frequent customers were basting the fifth one of Anata to Watashino Quilt.

This quilt is special to Yoko. she assembled squares with crochet!

When the Europe trip in September, on the last day we gave a workshop to people of the Luxembourg Guild who supported people living in Ishinomaki with donations.
This is a sewing machine from Marc who is a member of it.
The tag was still on it as a special memory!

There was another sewing machine which was purchased using the donations from the Luxembourg Guild.

The workshop began ... We tried Punchneedle.
Some of ladies lost their everything. Their houses were washed away because of the Tsunami. They didn't hesitate to be open and talk about it which touched our hearts. How brave they were.


New fabrics from the US!

New fabrics from the US which would match your fabric collections, have arrived!

A02-446  1100yen per meter
Please note that the width of this fabric is 90cm which is smaller than usual ones(110cm).
But it is a bit cheaper!

A02-447  1400yen per meter


News from Ishinomaki

I assume many of you who check this blog on the regular basis remember that Yoko from Ishinomaki joined our quilt journey to Europe last September.

She met Marylene from Belgium and Claire from Paris who support Yoko and her customers living in Ishinomaki where the historical huge Tsunami struck, through projects called "Patch for Japan" and "Crochetons pour le Japon".

On the journey we were also invited for a cocktail party by the Luxembourg Guild. The members asked for donations and gave them to Yoko.

With the donation, Yoko placed an order for a sewing machine and it was delivered to her shop. This is the one.

It belongs to anyone who visits Yoko's quilt shop "NASA".
At her shop, there is another sewing machine working which was given from Marc of the Luxembourg Guild and was a personal belonging. 

5 big quilts were assembled by Yoko and her close customers with blocks that we gave to her. There were a few blocks left after making the 5 quilts, so she made mini quilts using them and gave as presents to people who live in temporary houses.

This is a picture of a hospital which Yoko gave one of the mini quilts to. 


lace lace lace!

Imported lace have arrived here. Pick it up for adding to your collections!
Please place an order from CRIB QUILT at office@crib.co.jp

L-01 18mm  300yen/m

L-02 20mm  380yen/m

L-03  28mm  350yen/m

L-04 25mm  350yen/m

L-05 22mm  350yen/m

L-06 35mm  450yen/m

L-07 12mm  300yen/m

L-08 17mm  150yen/m

See all


Exhibition in Shanghai

Right after the trip to Paris, I went to Shanghai for a quilt exhibition which is held every November and called "China International Quilt & Hobby Craft 2011".

The number of visitors rose to 20000 people!

150 pieces of quilts from China, Korea, Taiwan, the US and Japan were exhibited. Yes, mine was also there.

I gave a workshop which many people attended, Thank you!


Trip to Paris 4 : Dinner party at Claire's

On the last day of our stay in Paris, we were invited for dinner at Claires!

It was a group of 9.

Just a few seconds walk from Meudon - Val- Fleury station, there was her house and atelier.

At her house

 Claire does not only crochet, but embroidery and quilting as well! This is a quilt that she made about 10 years ago.

Various pictures were hanging and looking beautiful on white walls.

Here and there, we found knitting which were working in process!

A lady on the right side is Claire and her husband was next to her.
At the beginning,they brought nibbles and cocktails which were French local ones.
Everybody at the table joined "crochetons pour le japon". We didn't know they had not known each other before this project began, because they got along very well!

In summer 2011 they finished assembling squares that were sent from all of the world, so they were wondering what they were going to do next. Finally they decided to see once a month on a regular basis to simply enjoy each other's companies and knitting! 

Her atelier

Take a look at the inside ....

We were introduced to Claire by Marylene at the quilt fair in Sainte Marie aux Mine in September 2011.
Claire and Marylene are students of Lea Stansal. One day at a class Marylene told Claire that she and her students were going to Japan to visit the biggest quilt show in Japan, "Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival"  Then Claire joined them. We could not meet Claire in January, but she saw my latest quilt exhibited at the show and liked the combination of the quilt and crochet. When the natural disaster happened on Mar.11, Marylene and we decided to work on projects called "Anata to Watashi no Quilt (Patch for Japan)" and Claire also joined us with crochet which was reminded by my quilt.

Dinner began at the atelier!

Everything tasted great, but in particular we liked this mini Canele and Financier very much and took them to our house in Japan as souvenirs:-)

Claire sent us to our hotel by car. On the way, we saw the old bridge in Paris, the Seine and the sparkling Eiffel tower!

Within the space of 5 minutes an hour, the Eiffel tower is specially illuminated like that.
We were so excited in her car!

A bientot, Paris!


Trip to Paris 3 : Shopping

There are so many lovely shops in Paris. Here I would like to share ones we checked out with you.

Stationary  L'Ecritoire

They sell unique letter sets which have triangle and star- shaped envelops and are difficult to find in Japan. They seem to have a lot of customers from Japan, as we found some descriptions in Japanese!

 Address: 61 rue St-Martin 4e  Phone:01 42 78 01 18  Closed: Sunday

Brocant, Boutique and Tea salon   Mamie Gateau

They have those 3 shops on the same street. Each one is beautifully decorated as French country chic.

The owner in the picture is in charge of Brocant and Boutique and her Japanese wife is in charge of tea salon. We had a wonderful lunch there.

Address :66 rue du Cherche-midi 75006  Phone:01 42 22 32 15  Closed: Sunday and Monday


I'm sure you living in Europe know this very well, but unfortunately we don't have Oysho in Japan! They have pretty inner wear. 
Oysho website

They have 5 shops in Paris. This is one of them.
Address:74 rue du Rivoli

Entree des Fournisseurs

You can get anything about sewing. There are buttons, ribbons, yarn, fabrics and embroidery materials!

Address: 8 rue des Francs Bourgeois 75003  Phone:01 48 87 58 98  Closed: Sunday

La Croix et La Maniere

You might have seen her works somewhere before. Some books are sold in Japan as well.
Monique Lyonnet is a well known cross stitch artist.

They sell linen and fabrics in light and soft colors, which is totally her taste.

With Monique

her website 

Address:36 Rue Faidherbe 75011  Phone:01 43 72 99 09   Closed: Sunday and Monday


Trip to Paris 2 : Creations et Savoir - Faire

The main reason why we wanted to go to Paris was to check this show "Creations et Savoir - Faire" held by a well known craft magazine, Marie Claire Idees.

There were various stands of quilting, knitting, embroidery, scrap booking and cooking.
Once we stepped into a booth, it was hard to leave there quickly, so one day was not enough for us to see all around.

We had meetings about "Anata to Watashi no Quilt (Patch for Japan)" with Marylene (quilt) and Claire (crochet).

It was so great seeing them again!

Look at displays and exhibitions ...

While walking, we found this booth which we liked the most. Later it turned out that it was what Claire displayed and got the best award for decorating booths! (further info)

Marylene and Claire introduced us to a popular craft artist, Lea Stansal (her blog where you can find a picture of us!).
When we saw her book for the first time, we were amazed by her unique embellishments. What great books ...

We found one of Masako's books translated in French at the show!

So many inspiring things ... we enjoyed the show very much!