Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Introducing Japan Crafts

This month's sponsor of the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew giveaway is Katie, who runs Japan Crafts, my online source for beautiful Japanese fabrics, kits and Sashiko supplies.

As some of you may not have come across Katie's lovely store before, I asked Katie to provide us with an introduction on how she found herself having to visit Japan several times a year to replenish her fabric supplies!

Here is how it all happened:

"I've been crafty from being a small child (I once asked for, and got, a roll of Sellotape for my birthday!), and passionate about Japan ever since reading Memoirs of a Geisha at the age of 18 and deciding that I HAD to go to Japan and become a geisha! Having my daughter a couple of years later put paid to that idea (luckily...?), and when she was at nursery, I took some silk painting lessons and started selling my silk paintings of Japanese ladies in kimono. The more I researched kimono, the more I loved them!"

Red Dragon, Tsumugi Cotton

I started Japan Crafts in 2006 with a few silk painting kits and some handmade Japanese 'washi' paper, and it snowballed over the next few years into a sustainable, full-time business, to the point where I now travel to Japan 3 times a year to buy fabric (I know, it's a hard life!).

Kanzashi Flower Brooch Kit

Over the years I have learnt and experienced so much and I hope to share this through my talks, workshops and kits. I love attending the major quilt shows and meeting customers, and being able to delight them with gorgeous, authentic fabrics.
Sashiko Sampler, Asanoha

In my personal life I study Japanese (speaking and reading), kimono dressing (I wear kimono regularly to shows and events, as it is a good excuse to have to buy more!) and iaido which is the martial art of Japanese swordsmanship. I also love knitting and traditional quilting and am currently working on a quilt for my daughter with 1930s style fabrics.

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Having attended one of Katie's workshops I can vouch for her enthusiasm and knowledge for all things Japanese!You can see the results of the Sashiko workshop here

2.5" Mini Charm Pack, Linens

Japan Crafts have just launched a new website so if you want to get your hands on some of these gorgeous fabrics or try your hand at Sashiko then now is the perfect time to stock up and benefit from the free shipping (UK only) on all orders over £25!

Don't forget to link up your Christmas and Holiday makes over at Practically Pippy too, to be in with a chance of winning this lovely Mini Rice Bag Kit, courtesy of Japan Crafts

So, there you have it, another great example of the entrepreneurial spirit of fabric lovers :) Isn't it lovely when you come across suppliers who are so passionate about their businesses?


  1. How lovely, I always try to take one of Katie's classes at the festival of quilts. The linens are fabulous I bought a charm pack when they first came out.

  2. How lovely, I always try to take one of Katie's classes at the festival of quilts. The linens are fabulous I bought a charm pack when they first came out.

  3. Brilliant - I am still planning a sashiko quilt so this is really handy!

  4. It's nice when your job involves doing something you love, but ESPECIALLY nice when it means you get to travel to Japan several times a year - wow!

  5. Thanks for introducing us to Japan Crafts, Fiona. A fail for me on the Christmas front this month.

  6. Fantastic thank you for the link! I did Japanese GCSE in my 20s and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's something I would love to pick back up as it is a great language and I love the culture. I have a book on Sashiko but have never given it a go because I don't have the supplies - will have a look to see if I can get some pre-printed fabric and the right needles & thread!

  7. I enjoyed reading Katie's story. She has a beautiful selection of items :)

  8. What a lovely story. My Italian Grandma gave me a beautiful silk kimono when I was little and since then I have loved everything Japanese. I even took a couple of lessons of Japanese... Will definitely be visiting this shop!


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