Friday, December 11, 2009
Here is a great idea that one of my recent workshop participants came up with. Kathy placed her purchases from the workshop in the middle of the wrap and tied it into a cute little carry bag to bring home. Place your wrap on a diagonal with the items in the center. Take two opposite corners together and tie a square knot over the center. Take the two remaining opposite corners and twist the fabric. Tie a small secure square knot at the top (this forms the handle). Thanks Kathy!
I'm finding that many people think that wrapping furoshiki style is difficult and even when I say "no really, it is SO easy" they look at me like they don't quite believe me! During my workshops, people can try the wraps first hand and they marvel at the simplicity of the wrapping techniques and the beautiful final presentation. Maybe it is the way the fabric gathers with all of it's charm - it is so forgiving.
Here are some photos of my last workshop at my friend Diana's in Victoria. She has since sent a suitcase full of presents wrapped in fabric for her husband to bring to their family in Ottawa, instructing him how to fluff up the fabric once he arrives. No more squished presents with the possibility of torn paper. Fabric wrapped gifts can get thrown about in the suitcase and after a bit of fluffing up, they look great!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I love my birthday (November 30th). It doesn't take much for me to convince myself that I deserve a little treat and on my birthday I like to celebrate my life over a full week with spontaneous treats. Hence, the new decorative item in the house, Tomiko. I love the idea that the things that bring character to your home can inspire kids and find a place in their childhood memories. After bringing Tomiko home, Ava started her series of kokeshi doll drawings. Here is my favourite.