February 12, 2012

I Heart You & Ziguzagu Visit

I Heart YOU...!


There are many pre-loved doilies these days. I do love them and have been collecting them since I lived in the UK in the 90s. I turned some of them into hearts by adding fabric for trimming and backing. I started off using Liberty and Christmas prints, but now I use whatever fabric I am playing with at the moment. The above hearts have indigo fabric for the backing.


A day out to Ziguzagu is always enjoyable. I can easily spend all day there and not see everything. The material girl Jacky was wrapping herself in boro cloths. More boro cloths behind her too. A new shipment had just arrived from Japan this week and I haven't seen so many boro cloths in one visit before. 


More indigo cotton all over the floor. I had to leave them to the scrap bin so as not to spend too much money on indigo. After all, I was only there to get some silk for dyeing. 


More kimono silk in all those baskets. Looking at them made me happy! 


Plenty of accessories and buttons to choose from. I ran into an artist from indigofan getting some of these to use on handmade bags made from raw hide.  


Blue and White porcelain containers just arrived from Japan. Wow, I just noticed the wooden print block (middle left) that I didn't see when I was there! You know there are so much things you cannot see them all in one visit!


Jacky, Dot and myself posing in the boro corner. Look around us, we were in heaven! 


Haru was hard at work redecorating the place after the new shipment arrived. They are lovely people working there. Ziguzagu is divided into two sections. One half for Japanese textiles and the other half is for antique furniture. I got to know the guys who work in the furniture section as well. One of them told us today that he was a male stripper (he was stripping the old varnish off the furniture when he said that!). 

Hope you enjoy the tour of Ziguzagu today. 


Enjoy
Nat

23 comments:

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

How do you manage to leave?? Heaven indeed!

Terry said...

Clever use of embroidery and indigo. Great blend of traditions.
Tempting photos you were strong to resist spending all your lunch money in one stop.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Looking good Nat!!!

Simone de Klerk said...

Love all those colors! And I can imagine just looking at it already made you happy!

ria vogelzang said...

That sure looks like heaven to me....!!!! ;))
You really had a great time! I can understand it feels like not haven seen all of it yet!
Love, Ria.

Sujata Shah said...

Looks like you had a great time and must have left very inspired! Love those doily hearts!

deanna7trees said...

oh you lucky gals. all my spending money would disappear quickly in this shop. i love it everytime you post about it.

Cheryl Razmus said...

Made my heart beat faster! What a beautiful store and unbearable temptations. (And your hearts are wonderful!)

Lis said...

That shop looks so wonderful, I hope we will find such treasures in Japan itself.

Nedra said...

I can understand why you were in heaven in that store. Such beautiful things everywhere! and I love your hearts in blue.

aracne said...

Your hearts are lovely, I like the use of old doilies.
And Ziguzago is a magnificent shop, I know that I could spend a few days in it looking at EVERYTHING (but I should go without my credit card or money!).

liniecat said...

Great use of the old linens for the hearts!
Good job Im nowhere near that store......I would lose my heart and my self discipline Im sure lol

onesmallstitch said...

I've never seen such a tempting shop - like Blandina I'd have to go without money or credit cards. Your hearts are lovely. I have a raggy old pillowcase my Mom did with the same blue daisies, now I know what to do with it - someday!

Diane H said...

ooooh! ahhhhh! How wonderful for you to be able to go to such a beautiful shop. Hoping this finds you well, dear Nat.

Jeannie said...

I am so glad the shop is halfway around the world from me or my retirement check would just be direct deposited into my account there. Just the thought of going through a bin of indigo scraps sends my head reeling. Gorgeous store and wares. Speaking of gorgeous, you hearts are beautiful. I love the combination of one loved textiles with indigo. Beautiful post, Nat.

Needled Mom said...

What a fabulous visit!!!!! I could have spent hours there too and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The doilie hearts are wonderful. That is such a great idea.

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

Oh your shop you visited certainly looks like heaven,love those blue and white containers. Hope you got the silk you were after.
The doilie hearts are divine.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Darlee Byron said...

Lovely... no better way to create heaven on earth, than in such a place. :)

ParisMaddy said...

to drool for... looks like an exquisite day.

kaiteM said...

a very exciting day, i would spend too much.

woman with wings said...

Material Girls, love that -- you and Jacky do such fun things! I love your doilies on indigo, a great design concept. Hope you show what you bought, too...xo

Dot said...

Your doily hearts are beautiful Nat (what a great idea). And your photo's from our day at Ziguzagu are great. Lots of lovely detail to look at. It is such a wonderful place. I always come home with something very special from there. Hope you are having a good week.
Hugs. Dot

Blogger said...

I've just downloaded iStripper, so I can have the best virtual strippers on my desktop.

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