Monday Fun – Let’s Get Going

Our fabrics drying in the wind
Here are a few pattern of Shibori from my workshops

Kristen Indigo

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indigo workshop LK
Workshop at National African American Conference 2018

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Sandra blue
I love to teach and see all the new patterns

Monday Sew – Denim Quilt

Repurposed denim made into a quilt
Sashiko hand stitching using embroidery threads


What have you made with your old jeans.

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing cotton fabric

Come learn the art of Shibori

Limited Space Pre-Register

Oakland Nov 4        11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite 

Oakland Nov 4           2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  11:00am – 2:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26    11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26     2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing that involves folding, twisting or bunching of cloth and binding it, then dyeing in indigo. 

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using natural dyes, and in this class you will use natural indigo, which antibacterial properties and has been used abundantly throughout history around the world. Learn the fundamentals of this timeless pattern-making process. We will concentrate on folding, tying, and using clamp resists, and dye in a plant-derived indigo vat. All dye materials and several pieces of cotton will be provided.

I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to create unique fabric creations, whether the end product is a quilt or garment. Creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience that I try to pass on in my workshops. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques.

Please join me at one of my local classes or suggest that your guild hire me for a lecture and workshop.

Time to dry my cotton
What are you using?


Ready to dye 


Job well done
Fun in the sum

Monday Night Sew McCalls Top

Sew this McCalls top with sashiko embellishment on the sleeves.

Sew your own fashions. Come along with me this year and lets get sewing.

img_3194I have always loved creating my own fashion clothing. So today I decided to work with McCalls pattern 7093 to create something new.

McCalls Pattern

The first thing I did was to look at the pattern to see where I could make some changes to make it my own. I love hand stitching but it can sometimes look funky if not placed just right.

Fabric from Hoffman fabrics

The sleeves is where I decided to place my stitching. So the first step was to gather the fabrics for the project. I used Hoffman fabric for the top front and back and a solid blue fabric (manufacture unknown) for the sleeves.

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Then I looked through my sashiko designs to select the pattern which would best fit the sleeves and also look good with the Hoffman fabric. I decided on a diamond/star design.

Beginning the Sashiko stitching. See the chalk guide lines.

I marked where I wanted the hand-stitching on the sleeve fabric with a tailors chalk on the wrong side of the fabric. Then I traced the sashiko design I printed from a book, using a stylus and transfer paper made by Speedball. This lays out the entire design in very faint lines that will not show through the fabric and will disappear after washing.

Stitching only in the area of the sleeve pattern.

After transferring the pattern to the wrong side of the fabric I then used my wonderfil perle cotton thread #8 to stitch my design, stopping at the seam lines from the sleeve pattern.

I use Wonderfil threads.
Almost done!
Sashiko stitching complete. Time to cut the pattern out.
Sleeves cut out ready to sew

After completing the sashiko stitching on the sleeve pattern I then cut out the pattern. Following the instruction on the pattern for cutting and sewing. This pattern was a breeze. I was able to complete the whole thing in 8 hours total. Start to Finish

Front of the top


The bottom hem slopes down around the back.


You can extend the top if needed.

I will make this pattern again. I am rating this pattern a 5 out of 5

Fit: 5 stars

Easy to sew: 5 stars

This one is a must on your Sew-Your-Own-Clothing list!

Tuesday Tip – Rethink Gift Giving

Skip the shopping, and give the gift of a class or a workshop! Look for my upcoming indigo shibori class.

For those of us with a fabric lover in our life, we know they can be intimidating to shop for. You never know what sewing tools they already have, and they have strong opinions on fabric. How do you know what they will like?

Skip the shopping, and give the gift of a class or a workshop!

  • Check your local quilt guild or fabric shop for upcoming classes.
  • Some are taught by well-known local or visiting artists and designers.
  • It’s a great way for sewists to meet and learn new techniques.
  • Get involved in your local sewing community.
  • Show your fabric friend that you support and encourage her passion!

Look for my upcoming Indigo Shibori Dye Workshop in January!