Crafternoons

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A few weeks back I invited some friends over to my new place for a homemade lunch & crafternoon. Here are some pictures of the fun crafts we did!

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My first guest was Ebony/Hello Sandwich. It was a party to celebrate her 5 year visa! I can’t believe it has been 2 years since our first crafternoon in the park! How fast time flies!

Our afternoon started with a Panda lunch plate and champagne! I love making these panda onigiris! It’s funny how a slight misplacement of the nori(seaweed) can change their expressions completely!
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We experimented with dipping washi in acrylic paints, a craft idea from Ebony’s friend Kazumi-san.
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This was how our dipped washi turned out!
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We also painted some ceramic plates with my porcelaine paints, inspired by the beautiful dipped washi. Ebony’s pretty ‘watercolor’ effect plate is on the right!
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Following week, my good friend Hiki came over and we weaved some mini baskets as containers for plants using paper twine and raffia strings. I’m glad I still remember the basket weaving techniques I’d learnt in school!

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For lunch we had Thai green curry panda lunch plate and homemade sangria!
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Lastly, my lovely ex-coworkers from Accent come over for Singapore curry during Golden week. We painted some ceramic cups as a farewell gift for our friend who is leaving Tokyo and moving to Yamanashi prefecture to be a farmer…

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Have you also been crafternoon-ing?

Hello Panda!

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Many years ago, I had a little brand/website with my good friend HL, called ‘Elepanda’. I used to make many panda-themed items for small exhibitions. My love for Panda has recently been rekindled after I dug out my old handmade panda plush for a photo shoot. Here’s the first Panda I’ve made after a long break! It was for my childhood friend, Natalie who wanted to be a Panda Ambassador. It was so enjoyable making this Panda Brooch!

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I used masking tape to create patterns on fabric. Face details were hand painted with fabric dyes.

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Workspace was a disaster!

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Created a simple paper backing for the brooch.

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Tested it out…

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Here’s a simple tutorial if you’d like to make your own animal brooch!

Materials needed:
1. Fabric dyes or acrylic paints
2. Cotton or linen fabric
3. Needle and thread
4. Brooch pin
5. Polyester filling

Simple steps:
1. Cut out 2 pieces of silhouette of your preferred animal
2. Paint face details with fabric dyes or acrylic paints
3. Create patterns with masking tapes
4. Sew 2 pieces of silhouette together, right side facing each other
5. Leave a small opening for flipping fabric over
6. When sewing is completed, flip fabric over
7. Sew brooch pin on to the center of the back fabric
8. Add polyester filling
9. Sew up the opening
10. Ready to go!

Japanese Textile Dyeing Festival

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Earlier this year, I went to a Japanese traditional dyeing event called ‘Some no Komichi’. It was a 3 day event held in the Ochiai/Nakai area, also known as the center for Tokyo’s traditional dyeing industry. A place where skilled craftsmen can still be seen in their workshops applying colors and patterns to kimono silks. Until 1960s, newly dyed cloths were being washed in the Myoshoji River. To celebrate the traditional craft, hand-dyed fabric were displayed in the ‘River Gallery’ over the Myoshoji River throughout the event. The shopping street was decorated with Noren (Traditional Japanese fabric dividers) that were specially designed and hand-dyed by craftsmen for the shops that participated. Local craftsmen living in the area also opened their workshops to public for viewing and some even offered a 1 day trial lesson for visitors to experience traditional Japanese dyeing techniques. Here are some pictures of the amazing 3 day event!

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