Monday, 21 December 2009

Is Kimono scrunchie washable??


::Q:: Is Natsu-san's scrunchie washable?


Most of my scrunchies are made from SILK 100% fabric.Is this washable??The answer is YES!! and NO.I washed my scrunchie. It has now wrinkles. I love this wrinkled scrunchie too. But if you do not want to get them on your silk scrunchie, please do not wash them, but just pat it by washing-benzine or oil type cleaner.


Friday, 27 November 2009

How you ship?

In ecological reason, I do not want to over-wrapping and I use recycled materials. I take much care about my products not to be crushed / torn / damped and or any damaged in the delivery process of course.




Also, I use exotic unique stamps on it.


I hope you also enjoy my stamps on the envelop as much as my products.




-Natsu

OOAK, same scrunchie is available?

I am always accepting any questions or inquiries about my products and my shop.


::Q:: would like to have the same scrunchie I sold before.

::A:: Thank you for your checking my listings.
Almost all my works are "one of a kind".
However, sometime I might make similar one according to availability of my fabrics.
Please feel free to convo me.

In same reason, if you wish to have your original conbination scrunchie, I will gladly accept your custom order.

Thank you for your visiting!! :-)

Monday, 23 November 2009

I made new ring. This is very new design. I put lovely button on it!




-Natsu






Friday, 20 November 2009



The "TSUMUGI" weaving was histrically for lower classed people. Because the TSUMUGI was woven from thicker threads sometime with nepps, which would not be able to used for high classed fabric.After hundreds years, it is now valued and loved as shabby-chic and characteristic.
-Natsu






Monday, 16 November 2009

This pale blue fabric is so beatiful and much hands-needed crafts. First the fabric was woven FAN shown on the smooth ground.And after weaving, the colour dyed on some of the fans (Not all!) The dyeing was ROUKETSU (Or Roukechi) Zome, a traditional wax-resist textile dyeing technique.

And this fabric is now very rare. (Artisan of Roukechi like this is now very rare and old.)





- Natsu

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Two parts of Fabric consists my scrunhie



A Kimono fabric has only 33cm-36cm width (width of the Kimono bolt (roll)) . And I use 50cm for one scrunchie. So, I patch two pieces of Kimono fabric for one.



Of course you think I should take the 50cm from length not width so that I do not have to patch. But the fabric is much storonger to take it from width than length because of the fabric's weaving.
Natsu

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Edo Murasaki Purple





This is very simple but very delicate crafted fabric. Very light silk and it has pattern woven surfaced.

The colour is very dark violet, called EDO MURASAKI (Literally, Edo period or city Purple/violet) in Japanese.The Edo people loved this colour as it is coolest - "Iki". If I express this colour, I can say "Egg plant violet".Very beatiful and elegant colour.


Murasaki -purple- was traditionally the colour for high-classed people.
In Asuka Period, very acient japanese, (D.C. 603), the Twelve Level Cap and Rank System was establised and in this rank, the colour of purple was ranked as the most highest.
Also, in Edo period, Hachimaki (=headband) in this colour was a kind of fashion.
This is the origin of this name of "Edo Murasaki", the most popular colour in Edo city or Edo period.
The dye of the Murasaki purple was made from a kind of Medicine for headache or for fever in Edo period and so that sick Samurai wore Murasaki (purple) headband for a kind of folk magical medicine. (You can see those scene in Japanese classical cinemas.)
In Kabuki, an actor who acted "Sukeroku" wore Edomurasaki Headband in an act and this got popularized the colour and headband to Edo people.
and Kyoto city, the most popular and the most classical city in japan use Murasaki as their symbol colour.
-Natsu

Friday, 23 October 2009

SUSAN series


Oh, it is really exciting! I made new designed scrunchie.

I named after Susan, who gave me this wonderful idea of this "combo scrunchie".


Combo scrunchie is consited from two scrunchies.
Making one scrunchie and twisted another one around it.

Very time consuming, but I really love to make it.
I wish you also enjoy my new combo scrunchie.



- Natsu

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Kimono Flower Scrunhies




Recently I have new listing section- Kimono flower ponytail holder , scrunchie.
The last one is my latest listing.

Well done!

-Natsu

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Cleaning Cloth


I am making new cleaning cloth.

I tried Sashiko (japanese traditional quilting).
I will stitch the outline of the Daruma and am planning to stitch traditional pattern besides it.



-Natsu

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Seven Kimono Ruffle Holders




Wow! 7 items has sold out!
Lucky 7 will go to Austria, Europe.
Thnak you very much!

Natsu

Monday, 7 September 2009

New Product? Flossy Bobbin




I made a floss bobbin (floss winder) for myself. I will study this for a better one and will add to my shop.

Natsu

Friday, 4 September 2009

Kimono Ponytail Holder MAGICAL MALLET


This was one-of-a-kind holder.I wish this mallet will bring her lovely days!!



Some of you might know, you can often see mallets as Kimono motif. This is called MAGICAL MALLET, just like Aladdin's magical lamp, you can get anything knocking this mallet.

You can see Magical Mallet half shown on this ponytail holder.
Very soft but thick silk Kimono fabric is Japanese tradtional blue and has tiny dot on it.
It is alsmot secretaly but you can see dots are also woven.

I wish the half shown Koduchi (Magical Mallet)will bring you very lucky and magically lovely days to you.
Half-shown means, I am quite sure, you already have the half of this Koduchi inside of you.

Natsu

Measurements of Kimono Ruffle Ponytail Holder's

I got a question about my ponytail holder's measurements. So now, please let me update about it with some photos.

1. Width
My ponytail holder's "width" is measured LAID FLAT but not ring.





2. Circum
This was not in her questions, but the "circum" is the round of the holder's around of the circle of ponytail holder. ( Actually I streched out the ponytail holder and measure the half of it , and then mutiply into double.



3. How many times does it tie around a ponytail?
The photo is the ponytail holder which is used 6 inches elastic.
In my case, I could do twice (double).


If you think you would like to three times, I am carrying and will recommend you one of 8 inches elastic used.


If you have any questions about my products, please convo me from Etsy.
- Natsu


Monday, 31 August 2009

Not needlework but new items for my shop



I added new items, Zakka Kawaii Japanese stickers for scrap booking.
Very lovely stickers I found.
Matryoshka Russian Doll, Cafe items, and black cats.

I wish someone love this stickers and use her lovely cards or scrapbookings!




- Natsu


Ponytail holder "SPRING"


Dear readers,
(Oh, I wish I had recorded what I sold.)


My ponytail holder named "SPRING" was sold to a lady in Boston.
I wish my pony tail holder bring her spring-like lovely air always.

This one is very cute.
My favourite one.

Natsu

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Zoukin floorcloth


Sometime I do not feel like to make anything but just stitching.

Stitching something make me very easy and confortable.


Whenever I feel like this, I make ZOUKIN, a floorcloth.


The above one in the photo has very colourful, rainbow stithichgs.
I am using waste threads.
A thin hand towel used. Ordinal usual western style.

Below is from Tenugui, japanese traditional hand towel.
I am useing new thread for this. But I will use more colours.


These are not for etsy. Just for our home.

-Natsu


Sunday, 2 August 2009

Friday, 10 July 2009

SHOU CHIKU BAI


Shou chiku bai, the most japanese-like pattern motif (motives), are used for marking lines or just for congratulatory occasion.
Shou is MATSU = pine tree, Chiku is TAKE = bamboo and Bai is UME =Japanese plum.

Pine tree is ever green. This means ever-lasting prosperity.
Bamboo is loved because their strong propagation means family's propagation. And also their streightness reminds you BUSHI DOU = samurai's policy.

Most people think the most japanese like flower is Sakura =cherry, but anciently it was UME when you say HANA (flower).
Ume is fruitful not only beautiful.
I think that is one of the reason ancient Japanese people love this plant.

The picture is my latest craft, hand mirror.
I wish the conbination will bring you many fortunes!!

- Natsu

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Japanese blue, AI , Indigo dyeing

This fabric coverd buttons comes from my grandaunt.
I named the pair of this button "AI", which is comes from its colour, Japanese blue, dyed japanese indigo.

Japanese blue has many gradations.

Those two pieces are not dark not deep but nicely faded chic ans soft, gentle blue.


Natsu

Kagome "Basket" Pattern

I made this headband from very high quality, unique dyed Yukata fabric.
This is reversible dyed, face is stripe and another is basket like pattern.

Both are very old fashioned pattern.Stripes are always loved by EDO people as "IKI" - cool and the basket pattern also loved as symbol of catching good fortunes.

Natsu

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Colour conbination named SAKURA



I made this Ring inspired by OBI and Japanse traditional JUNIHITOE kimono (Very acient Japanese Kimono conbinations).

Of course I have ever heard about that each colour conbination has names and we have the name of SAKURA in those spring conbinations.

Just think about the name of SAKURA.
I have thought SAKURA should be pink gradation for those long time, however, I firstly found the SAKURA conbination is RED and WHITE.
This comes from Sakura's flower petal, WHITE (rather than pink) and RED of leaf (In this status,Sakura leaf is red, not green).


The title of this Ring, SAKURA is from the name of this conbination of RED AND WHITE.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Colour conbination of "Left Chrysanthemum "


I made new Yubinuki ring.
I was inspired by OBI (this thickness of fabric on fabric reminds me Obi (sash)) and
by Japanse traditional JUNIHITOE kimono.
The title of this Ring, LEFT CHRYSANTHEMUM is from the name of this conbination of white and gold /yellow.

The faced fabric is white, pure silk. It has dod woven figured fabric.The liner is cotton 100%. Beige colour.The thread is gold but very chic gold, not much glittering.


Thursday, 11 June 2009

Another Sarasa conbination or SUKUI ORI or Celadon Green


This is another "SILKROAD" conbination.
The pattened one is the Sarasa, which I posted previously (here)


The combination is OBI (sash/belt) fabric, woven with bluish green or bluish greish green threads and golden one.This Obi sash weaving is called "SUKUI", which you can see same pattern in face and back, completely reversible.

Both are CELADON Green based. This is the colour of China which was bought on Silkroad.
I think this colour is one of the most "japanese" colour.

Sarasa


Many Japanese cultures comes from East Asia on Silk-road.And so does the Kimono pattern called SARASA = chintz or batik.

The old synthetic SARASA batik looks like sepia-films.Smoky pink & smoky orange flowers and blue leaves and (sometimes mysterious tropical birds) on bluish green ground. The fabric has crispy face imitated traditional silk CHIRIMEN fabric.

The combination is plain white, SILK 100% one.This comes from edge of Edokomon (Very formal small pattern dyed / printed fabric).

The tough sytnetic batik and soft pure silk conbination makes very unique and beautiful looks.


I named this ponytail holder "SUMMER ON SILKROAD" because of the SARASA fabric pattern and also the two colours combination reminds me of Mosk and of celadon.I wish you will love the ponytail holder back on silkroad to you.



-Natsu, designer and woker for N'Needlework

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Matsuba Green


Green diamonds on white crisp egg shell white ground.This become a very retro and fashionable ponytail holder.The green is called pine tree green in Japanese. Pine tree, which is admired as eternal green = being always prosper.I wish you enjoy my Kimono ruffle Ponytail holder!!

Samekomon


The kimono pattern of this fabric, very tiny dots are lined as alps on alps, is called "SAME KOMON" - Literally, "Shark Small Pattern" - very traditional and formal one.
The pattern is used for "Kamishimo" which is for Samurai's the most highest and the most formal dress. The Kimono of this pattern is believed as to protect you from illness and evils. That is why parents gifted to their daughter when she would be a bride, as wishing she would be always healthy and happy in her new life.

This fabric is very high classed "Kusaki -zome" (= pure natural dye) dyed (You can see it in the mark of the edge of the fabric)

Also it has crispy very fine shrinkled face (CHIRIMEN).