• May 3, 2018

    Event Report

    Pinners Conference & Expo in San Diego, CA

    On April 13 and 14, we attended Pinners Conference & Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 30 minutes outside of San Diego, CA.


  • April 25, 2018

    Learn Hand Sewing Techniques - Part 4

    Thread Loop

    In this post, we are going to demonstrate how to sew a thread loop. A thread loop (in Japan it has a pretty name of caterpillar stitch, “mushi-kagari”) is a strand of thread that is stitched together to create a single loop. Normally you see this loop when you need a button loop or belt loop for very fine fabrics, such as Chirimen, silk, or sheers. It looks sophisticated but is very functional too, and you can create it with a simple, repeating process!




  • April 10, 2018

    Event Report: Scrapbook Expo at Irving, TX

    On March 23 and 24, we opened a booth at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Irving, TX. 


  • March 21, 2018

    Japanese Washi Paper Shop in Berkeley, CA

    We visited a paper shop, Miki’s Paper, in Berkeley, CA. Miki’s Paper is located on 4th Street, a popular shopping street with unique shops, cafes, and restaurants.

    Miki’s Paper specializes in high quality Japanese Washi paper for professional artists, craft enthusiasts, and for those who simply appreciate art. Opened 25 years ago, the store offers different kinds of Japanese specialty papers along with greeting cards, journals, gift wrapping bags and craft kits, many of them handmade by the staff onsite.  


  • March 9, 2018

    Yamato Glue: the Environmental Friendly Glue from Japan

    Inside our Chigiri-e Starter Tool kit, you will find a bright green bottle. This is the Yamato glue. For over 60 years, this Yamato glue has been loved by many around Japan.