If you are in Tokyo, and you love textiles or quilting, you probably already have Blue and White on your short list of places to visit. This is the first time I have been to this magical place, and I was over the moon for it.
By the end of this post you might be green (or blue?) with envy that you weren't there with me.
I was inspired by several design elements found in the garments and bags for sale.
My favorite technique was the running stitch in thick thread, sashiko weight, mostly using either white or indigo dyed hues.
Below is the sleeve of a jacket that was completely covered in this stitch. The designer used the thread to make 3D cone shapes coming out of the garment. It was just incredible.
Here is a full view: Amazing, right?
You can see this stitch in handles of bags and a vest in the photo below. I loved the blue bag here. Inside of it the lining was made of antique kimono fabric. I have never seen handles like this for sale (natural twig, split in half with holes drilled for fabric handles). I would love to make a bag like this:
Pockets were also embellished this way (below):
Just looking in the window is a beautiful sight:
I hesitate to put this last photo in of me standing in the middle of the shop complete with hairdo courtesy of 90% humidity and 85 degrees F, but still having a ball anyhow:
Blue and White is on the radar for my next trip. It might be a while, so in the meantime, post some photos if you end up stopping by there!