All of these items were created by Barabara Mellor of St Helens, Tasmania.
Sometimes we just need a little inspiration. Below are some examples of what can be done with Japanese textiles.
Brooches - buy a brooch kit from a craft store and cover it with some kimono silk.
Handbags - create your very own original handbag.
Scarves - use a length of kimono silk of about 1.5m and hem the ends.
Table runners - use an obi, no sewing skills required.
Placemats - cut an obi into pieces and hem the ends.
Bed runner - add a border to an obi and drape over the edge of your bed.
Cushion covers - use one section of kimono silk and edge with a complimentary colour or sew some sections together to make a patchwork design.
Dressing gown - use a vintage kimono as a lovely alternative to the usual dressing gown.
Haori jacket - wear a colourful haori jacket as part of an evening outfit.
Or create your own original.
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