Sunday, December 4, 2016

Na Makua Christmas Craft Show

Just finished the Na Makua Christmas Craft Fair in Hilo and despite the rain, the turnout as usual was great as was the entertainment.

One of our big sellers was the Ohe Kapala bamboo-stamped silk scarves we offered for the first time this year, thanks to the classes Amy and I took from Dalai Tanahy at the Honolulu Museum of Art. You can see them in the post below. We had some that were the original cream color but the really popular ones were either dyed in soft warm pastels or bright Hawaiian colors of red/orange/green as well as a few ombre scarves in graduated colors.  We plan to offer lots more of these in 2017.

Our devore and shibori sarves (which we wrap around a pole with string, compress and dip in dye to give us our designs) will be showing up under many Christmas trees this year if the givers don't keep them for themselves.

And our other new product in 2016, the shrug that doubles as a scarf, sold out at this show. Sorry, they went so fast we didn't even have time to take a picture. We'll be replenishing our stock for the Cherry Blossom festival the first Saturday in Februaruy in Waimea. If you want to find us there, we're inside at the Hawaiiann Quilt show in the building directly across from Kahilu theatre from 9-3.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Ohe Kapala - Bamboo Stamping

Amy and I recently took a class in bamboo stamping (aka Ohe Kapala) from master kapa maker Dalani Tanahy at the Honolulu Art Museum. We learned how to process the bamboo, carve our own stamps and then print on fabric using paint or dye.  Its not as easy as it sounds!

These samples are Amy's -- she is much better at it than I am. She used Jacquard Textile Paint and stamped several rows on a variety of silk scarves.  The idea is to make new designs by lining up each new row of stamping next to the previous row. 

Below is a picture of the stamps Amy used. Some we carved -- most were purchased from the teacher.

The Hawaiians used this method to decorate the kapa (cloth they made from pounding bark from the mulberry tree). It is making a comeback these days as are many things Hawaiian, 

We're hoping to have these available at the Made in Hawaii show in August.   

Monday, June 9, 2014

Foster Botanical Garden

This is a Loulu Palm at the Foster Botanical Garden in downtown Honolulu. I took the photos for my friend Amy who wants to design a Hawaiian quilt based on this palm.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

More Shibori Scarves

Just a few of the shibori scarves that I pole wrapped and dyed in May. A mix of silk chiffon and silk crepe. All dyed with Tinfix silk dye.

Monday, January 20, 2014

More Ice Dyeing

I used the ice dye method to dye two 45" square pieces of fabric this weekend.
Pink and purple after the ice melted.

 And the same fabric after it was washed and ironed
This is the orange, yellow and turquoise after the ice melted


This is the orange, yellow and turquoise after it was washed and ironed.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


We've had a lot of rain the last few days but also some great rainbows

And this rainbow is over the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki