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Sunday Stash #4 - Indian Silk and Brocade

Hello and happy Sunday!

Welcome to another Sunday Stash Post. This week it's about Indian silk. 
Indian fabrics are rich in colors and not to mention the variety of prints and design. Be it cotton or silk or other woven fabrics. Let's take a look!

Cotton Silk brocade with small golder flower in matte gold
Brocade is still considered as one of luxury fabrics. In India, most often seen in Sarees or party salwar kameez or lehenga. 

Paisley Chanderi Cotton Silk

Besides, bags and handbags made of silk brocade become very popular. The stunning fabrics need no complicated design. Even a simple evening clutch will look stunning if made using these silk fabrics. 

Indian brocade

Many Indian designers also made a matching evening clutch and shoes using these silk brocade. 

Cotton silk with golden border
More information about the history of Indian Silk and brocade can be found HERE.

cotton silk chanderi
All the chanderi silk and brocade are now on 40% OFF. Use the code DESTASH40 while checking out!

I hope you have a relaxing Sunday!

Until then,

Happy Sewing

Wednesday WIP Log Cabin blocks


Don't you love those fabrics? I got the bundle from my trip to Japan last year. I got quite a lot of fabrics last year and happy that I finally got the perfect project to use them. 

I am making another log cabin bag for a custom order. So excited!!
I cut the stripa 1" wide this time and I am doing a chain piecing. 

I am progressing quite fast and love the result so far. Ah, I got that new tool from my recent trip to the Tokyo quilt show. The roller is perfect for pressing small blocks!  The other one I bought was a needle threader, which really awesome! I always drop my thread whenever I am hand sewing. Definitely by best buys!!

Isn't this cool??

I hope to finish this bag by early next week because I still have a couple of travel wallet orders that I have to complete this week. My sewing room have been quite busy since I came back from Japan and I am happy with the mess! 

What are you working on this week? 

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Sewing,

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Mission Accomplished 2 - Kanazawa in Winter

Hello again,

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Mini Log Cabin Quilt
Before my Japan trip last January, me and my friends discussed about taking a quilt to Japan and take quilt photos with snow background just like those quilters we saw in Instagram.  Since I would be traveling solo, I decided to take mini quilt. I completed this quilt just 2 days before my departure. It was a hectic week!!

Kanazawa Station
This time, I was not very fit throughout the trip. I had a sore throat and my nose kept bleeding due to the cold and dry weather. For me who grew up  in a tropical country, winter (snow or no snow) is always tough. Besides the winter eczema, the nose bleeding business is really bothersome.

Anyway, we decided to go to Kanazawa with the grand plan to visit Gokayama or Shirakawago. But then, man proposes God disposes! Weather was not cooperative during our stay in Kanazawa.
Since the other three girls, brought their suitcase, we decided to take a taxi to our rented Airbnb. The problem with Japan is there was hardly any people who can speak English. Thank God for the google translate. But, you have to write a proper English sentences for Google to translate it properly. Or else another long  conversation will take place.

The attendance In the taxi stand at the Kanazawa station was a nice old man who tried to help us. When we showed him the address, he could not make out what is what (it was written in English). After several minutes, he took me to the information center and thankfully, there was a lady there who spoke a decent English. After another  lost in translation conversation, the lady decided to call the house owner, and finally we got our address written in Japanese (pheeww)!  Happily the attendant took us to the other side of taxi stand et voila, our fancy SUV taxi!! We were surprised, between thrilled and worried, praying it won’t be too expensive LOL. Luckily we travelled in group!! The taxi driver was a nice gentleman, he didn’t speak English but tried his best to tell us any landmarks we passed along the way. He even got down to check out if the house we rented was the correct one.
Arigato gozaimashita

The house we rented via Airbnb in Kanazawa was a two storey house. It’s called the Ibaragi House. Luckily we were on the ground floor. The Japanese keep the house key in a mini box with combination lock. It was a little tricky to open, especially when you were cold and in a hurry. After several attempt ( and a message to the owner later) we were able to unlock the house. The Ibaragi house was very compact and comfortable. The sliding door on the other side of the house remind me of Lee sang Yoon drama! Hahaha. Anyway, we were quite comfortable there since the owner provided us with extra blankets, electric heater and hot water bags.

The Ibaragi House  Airbnb Kanazawa

After settling down, we decided to brave the cold and walk around the city. 

The city is quite impressive with big brand shops, but I love to see the indie designers shops. Most of these shops have either French or English name.

 I suppose many Japanese love French vintage theme or English Victorian theme.

coffee shop in front our rented home

can you see the star?

The next day, we thought of going to Gokayama, but we were too late plus we were uncertain with the weather. It was raining and snowing in the morning when we left the house.

breakfast at Mister Donut - The donuts we had did not contain any lark, mirin, or sake. We asked and apparently they have all ingredients listed in their computer!! 

A window display remind me of my son's concert before the trip! 

 We decided to get a one day tourist pass and go to Higashi Chaya district, where we can see the old Japanese houses which mostly are souvenir shops or tea shops (Chaya literally means Tea house)

the loop bus - a hop on hop off bus

A cafe as we enter the Higashi Chaya 

 By the time, I felt a bit feverish and I ran out of my antibiotics! (sigh!). After strolling a bit, me and Kak Jenny decided to go into a noodle shop. She loved her noodle soup esp Soba!! I could not have anything since there was no halal food. So I just enjoy a cup of matcha aka green tea with lots of sugar! Hey, I need energy, right?!

my matcha and my log cabin bag

Noodle Shop & Souvenir shop
The vintage shop next to the tea stall
look at those patchwork bag made from kimono fabrics!! 

Me and my quilt again ^_^

After a bit of photo session  near the bus stop, we decided to go to the Kenrokuen Garden and Castle. The 2 girls – mbak Belly and Kak Ria, went ahead to check out both,  while me and Kak Jenny, decided not to go. By the time it was raining and snowing intermittently.  

Kanazawa Castle 
We decided to catch the loop bus and got down at the mall near our rented airbnb ! But not before I took another photo in front of the castle gate! 

the Kanazawa scene as we were leaving 

Hopefully, next time we can go and check the castle and the garden and hopefully in a friendlier weather!

Thank you for the beautiful memories girls! <3

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

 Now, mission accomplished!

Until then,

Happy Sewing

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Sunday Stash #3 - Indian Linen Fabrics


I've been pretty busy editing and tweaking the shops these days, especially the SEO. It is something that keep us, etsy sellers, be on our toes all the time, like literally. The works include, retaking photos, editing, etc etc. Believe me, have an online shops nowadays is not just putting up a pretty photos! 

Like these linen fabrics which are so very pretty in reality and they are block printed!! The fabric texture is simply gorgeous. 

Check them out! 

Elegant Grey and White Linen Fabric
Linen fiber is very absorbent and clothes made of linen fabrics are very crisp and cool to wear, especially during the hot summer months. 

Dark Grey with Pink floral Linen fabric

Black and Red  Linen 
Linen is a natural fibre, made from the stalk of a flax plant. Linen is known to be extremely durable. 
Gorgeous Navy Blue. 
Linen fibers are hollow, moving air and moisture naturally. During the colder months, layer linen blankets or a throw to retain heat and warmth from your body. Linen reacts to the season and the body in contact with the cloth to give the best of all circumstances.  Linen is a natural insulator. It is valued for its ability to keep cool in the summer months and trap warmth in colder weather. This is all achieved through the natural properties of the fiber itself. (source)

Grey and Blue 

The gorgeous linen fabrics are practically perfect for anything. You can make a matching dress with your daughters, or a tie for your man or boys!! I made a couple of passport wallets and my clients loved them!!

Linen Family Passport Holder

If you're in India, please come HERE to check the linen collection.

Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Sewing

Fishy Trifold Wallet


My latest finish!! Just fresh out of the sewing machine. I love this fish print fabric I got from Indonesia last year (or was it 2 years ago?).  

Fishy fish Women's Wallet

The Japanese linen is really a dream to work with. They simply look beautiful. The pink and blue fishes among the monochrome one made this fabric more attractive. 

as if to say, "It's alright to be different"! 
Yes just be yourself!!

I decided to go with the blue because it matched perfectly with the blue handloom ikat!! 
You can even carry your phone or passport using this wallet. 
I was undecided with the binding then I decided to use the same fish fabric. You know what? I made the bias binding from 10" square and it was more than enough to bind one wallet!! I am so excited!  Because I often think that I need at least a fat quarter! 

The wallet is now available in ETSY SHOP. I still have a bit of the fabric, if you love fish or fishing and would like to make a passport holder instead, I can do that too!

And if you want to try to make the wallet, you can find the pattern at the right panel of this blog or you can get it  in ETSY or CRAFTSY
Go and make special mother's day gift for your Mom this year!

Thank you for stopping by. 

Until then,
Happy Sewing

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Sunday Stash #2 - Vibrant Indian Fabric Bundles


Today I spent my morning cutting a couple of fabrics to make fabric bundles for the shops. I cut a lot of greens and yellows today. You can check my Instagram to get a sneak peek of what's coming! Meanwhile, I listed a couple of fabric bundles in ETSY SHOP and you can also find them in my WEBSHOP if you're in India. 

Scrap Bundle
I will add more scrap bundles like the one above. It consists of smaller scraps with maximum size around fat eighth (9" x 21").

The popular greens and blues

The blues and greens are always popular. They are also my personal favorite. Especially teal blue. 

Burnt orange and red

Blue Fabric Bundle
Don't you love these white based fabrics? 
Low volume - white based bundle

Indian fabrics have unique prints and colors. Some prints always available and some are seasonal. Go ahead and take a look at the shops. Pick your fave bundles. Most of them are only one bundle available, so it's a one of a kind fabric bundle. If you like,  I can also make customized bundles. 

I hope you have a relaxing Sunday!

Happy Sewing,

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