Making some colorful haneri

During my semester I had the urge to make something. The time was limited so I had to do something that is not so big. I decided to draw some pictures on a haneri as practice before I start the big project. Embroidered haneri can b quite expensive. I had already ordered several white ones last year and I have a few colored one, too. I already shoe you what I have done last year with the ro haneri. Now most of the fabric is polyester. I started with some flower themed one:

The pictures next to it was the inspiration I took for the one I made. I’m a bit lazy when it comes to new designs, so I look for nice one on the internet and than copy it.

The next one is a two in one cat haneri.

You can use both sides. Which ever fits the purpose most.

The third one was bunny inspired one.

And the last one was bunny, too , but this time on a red background. I was curious how well the paint works on darker colors.

The colors I used where textile colors from javana. So far everything turned out quite well. I made a patter out of the original to trace the lines better under the fabric. This way I did not have to worry about lines which might not vanish when the colors is added. The colors are quite thick and can be annoying when you have to draw thin line. Putting water in it will make the color more smooth but at the same time it runs more when applied to the fabric like silk colors. So it all depends on you calmness and patience.
In future I will make more haneri but for now I’m busy with the big project and that will take a while. Not only big cause it is a lot of work but also because I won’t have much in the next months.


New Items No. 26

I know I have been absent for a long long time. The reason is always learning. The last semester I had a lot of work to do and until now I had to learn for the exams. And soon the next semester will start, too. That semester will be a lot of work as well. Slowly I’m close to the end and have to care of my bachelor thesis and where I want to work.

But I have been buying things. Not wearing much but buying always works. I got my self two new kimnono.. actually three, but one is just on the way. The yellow one is homoungi with camelia and fans. The dark one is made of oshima tsumgi, that is special weave type which can be quite expentive. It has flowers and leaves all over and look a bit like denim when you come closer. I wanted to add some more dark colors in to my kimono collection, because I have so many light colored obi and to many light colored kimono. I do like it when the obi stands out from the kimono.

I got myself a pair of light brown wood. I have three pairs of black and I always was looking for the light version. I replaced the straps with newer ones.

I got some new obijime,too. In the first pictures you see 4, they are not woven , they are sewing and filled with cotton. They are worn mostly by brides or by children (two of these are for children) nowadays but lately they are getting a revival.  And yes I got the same obijime three times just in different colors. Accidentally… I thought more people would bid. These are brand new, even came in a box and they have my zodiac on them, the tiger. The last one I just liked the colors. 🙂

And some obi. A beautiful dark blue one with flutes , plum, pine and bamboo on it. I love how the gold stands out from the blue. The purple one is for and Manga inspired look I’m currently working on. But that will take… more time. I’m just in the process of sewing it partly together and than I will start painting.

That’s it for the moment. When I pictures from the event I will post them here. But until than I will have to wait.

New Items Nr.25 and Kitsuke challenge Nr.3 + 4

dsc00338klBeginning today with the two kitsuke challenge from last week ( Nr.38) and this week.(nr. 39) dsc00339klthese are the third and fourth week in a row. First we have this brand new cream colored synthetic hitoe komon, which just arrived in that week. It was still warm enough to wear hitoe. I choose the blue nagoya obi with falling momij. For the obiage I choose a pink chirimen with and dark red to light red gradation obijime. I would have liked the blue haneri a bit more bold in color, but I don’t have one.  The fabric of the kimono is quite thin and the pink juban I used is shining thru. I have to take that into account next time I use that komon.

For this week I wanted to use my only tomesode I have. I made it myself and love it. As for the dsc00458kl dsc00459klthe obi, I choose a very bold silver gold one. This fukuro is one of the first things I bought online. for obiage and obijime the colors are set as white for an tomesode outfit. I finally got all of it. Well not all, if you go for a full outfit there is a little gold fan missing that you put into the obi. And sometime a little charm. The tomesode usually has 5 mon , mine has only the blank spots. If I ever have a mon I will be able to add it there. It shouldn’t be free , when wearing it outside.. but well, its not japan here 😉

For myself I wanted to dress up in the new kimono I traded for some hairpins and the newdsc00470kl dsc00469kl hakata obi I got. And I wanted to try for japanese style hair as well. some days ago I already practiced a bit and today I wanted to got with the whole assemble. The blue komon is synthetic or wool in a blue shade which is really hard to get right in pictures. The white hakata obi is made of synthetic, too. I matched it with pinkish accessorizes.
For my hair I watched some youtube tutorials to get the main points on how to do it. I don’t want the bows on the side to be to big and I used a ribbon to hide the rest of my bun. I think I did quite well, but m fizzy hair would need some wax to stay.

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And in the end, all new Items together:

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my new mannequin for dressing up

After weeks of already owning it , I introduce you to my new mannequin. I bought it for practicing kitsuke without having to dress me. And it is a nice decoration for the room. My plan is to change the outfit every week. In the FB Group there goes a challenge around called “kitsuke challenge”. The conditions a exactly what I’m planing. Dressing up me or the puppet every week.

I left out some weeks now, because I had a lot to do and lots of things are happening at the moment in my surroundings. But this is a kitsuke blog and I won’t tell to much about these private things here.

So here are the outfits I got so far.

Outfit 1 (week 28): light green awase homoungi with green maple leaves; silver fukuro obi with pastel chrysanthemum , pink obiage and obijme

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Outfit 2(week29): green ro kimono with scatered flower petals, red hiraki obi with swallows and light green ro obiage and white summer obihime, swallow wisteria han eri

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Outfit 3(week 32): black.white furisode with red plums and cranes, gold-green fukuro obi, green shibori obiage + green obijime, red-yellow obiage with dark pink obijime

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Outfit 4(week 36): blue hitoe kimono with instruments, silver nagoya obi with cords, yellow obiage and obijime

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Outfit 5(week 37): blue hitoe kimono with loooots of pattern, red flower arabesque hiraki obi, red-blue-yellow colored obiage and yellow obi jime, red chirimen haneri

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As you can see I had some trouble keeping up the outfits every week so far. But I started new now, hopefully with more success. The furisode you see on the pictures is not anymore in my possession. I do still love it very much, but I don’t see any opportunity that I will be able to wear it any more. I sold it to a friend. I still have one other furisode which I won’t be selling ever (I think). To many emotions are in that one.

Nisa-Con in Brunswick

2 Weeks ago here in Brunswick the little Anime Convention Nisa Con was held. I took part in it as Seller and in a Workshop. As seller I tried to sell my kanzashi there to get some extra pocket money. I need to save some money for the trips I’m planing next year. Well,  sold some but not dsc00220bas much as I hoped for. But it was still interesting and fun. My workshop was a kimono workshop . I told them a bit of the history of kimono and than everyone that wanted to could try to put an yukata on. I got some with me and most of the people were willing to try it. I wanted to them to try it them self under my instructions. I had some people helping out Anna and Rinni. I got some positive feedback afterwards and hopefully I created some new kimono addicted people 😉

And because I wanted to be a got example for a kimono wearer I put on one myself. It was a dsc00217b dsc00218breally hot weekend I  go my thinnest kimono out that I have. For the first day I choose one of my favorite kimono the kansai sha kimono.   I just love the color. As obi I decided to go for the orange fukuro obi. It is the only summer fukuro obi I have and the orange is just pale enough to go perfectly with my turquoise kimono. It has chinese bell flowers on it. For obiage I went with a pink ro obiage and a light turquoise obijime. As Kanzashi I just made a pink turquoise one with a small crane on it the night before. I was in such a hurry that I burned myself with the hot glue. But the kanzashi turned out really nice.

On the second day I wore the emerald green ro komon. It has a flower petal storm on it. As obi I dsc00221b dsc00222bwent for a dark bright pink hiraki obi with silver clouds. The obiage is just pale yellow and the obijime is light green summer weave. For both days I just an obi tool which makes it easier to put on the obi. Well easier if you are used to use it. But I wanted to use it , because than I had the feeling that it would be more secure. And I think it worked really well. Both pictures of the first and second day were take at the end of the day and my obi still sits perfectly. Only my ohashori is mad ad me. Due to the heat I did not use as much padding as I would need, and than my ohashori wrinkles…. damn hips.

It was still a nice experience and if everything works out fine with the timing next year, I will attend again.

Comic Con in Hannover

The next event I took part in was the Comic Con in Hannover. It was the first time in Hannover DSC00002-kland because it is very close to where I live, I went there. For that purpose I made a Dr. Who themed tsukuri obi. Yes, I made one, I ordered over a very lovely fabric shop in the US a Dr. WHo fabric which was just beautiful. The store give designer the chance to print their designs on fabric, paper or wallpaper and others can order it, too. The prices are not cheap but fair. The size of the fabric was not large enough to make it one obi, but I had a long time now some sample fabric of an obi lying around , which I wanted to turn into an tsukuri obi, too. And so I made a two-way tsukuri obi. Instructions will follow, when I have time to make the tables for it.

Now the outfit was that Dr.Who obi, a pale cream kimono and a fez. I wish I had more acceissiors matching the themDSC00018e, but I haven’t… but I was still very happy with the look. The comic con itself was small and there still some space left for booths to come. But I think it was nice, too. I bought one Jack Hackness POP! Doll and some japanese pottery bowls. And we saw a lot of amazing cosplays. I saw a lot of people walking around with fez and Dr. Who inspired looks AND I found two Doctors. YeY!

I think the Con will need some time to grow and attract more people, and I hope that they won’t give up so soon. I would be going there next year again, if they come !!!!

Japanese Culture Day in Düsseldorf

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I was not sure, if I would be going there this year, but two days before the weather forecast was quite positive about sunshine, so I got my kimono out of the drawer. I decided to wear a DSC09877 synthetic hitoe komon in turquoise with a pale pink nagoya obi a purple accessorize. I was quite pleased with my color choice. So I got up 5 o’clock in the morning to have enough time to get dressed and to catch my train. The whole journey to Düsseldorf takes 4 h 30min with one or two train changes from Braunschweig. During the journey the train got more and more full with anime kids, all wanting to go to Düsseldorf. I was happy to get a single seat. In the end, not people would fit in there any more two or three stops before the final stop.

The weather forecast did not lie about the sun. It was quite warm andDSC09875 when I got to the place where the celebrations were, it was full with people, which heated up the place even more. After 2h of waling around without fining my kitsuke friends I had to get some water. At that time I regretted to have not chosen the ro kimono.  But than I found one friend and they showed me were the others were. So now I was not alone anymore.

Together we walked of to the japanese shinto shrine in the japanese quarter of the city to chat DSC09861and calm down a bit. On the way we made a stop at a japanese grocery store and got some ice cream to go. And than it was already time to leave for me. I had to catch my train back quite early, because the back tour took even longer. In the end my second train had a delay and I was standing at a train station in nowhere for quite a while in the middle of the night. In that moment I did not regret my kimono choice and would have liked a jacket , because it got quite cold with out the sun.

It was all a very very long day but a very nice day. With new friends and nice weather.

New Items No. 24

So lately I have been quite busy with university and I was a bit lazy, too. I have not as many chances to wear my stuff as much as I did when I was living in Hamburg but I will try to post more. I have not updated my new stuff yet, so I will be doing this first. In my last auctions I won 3 lovely shigoki, two red and one vibrant green. Shigoki are translated with undersash. You wear it under the obi on top of the ohashori. Usually they use these with Kids when they have their 7-5-3-celebrartion but lately it got more popular with adults using one, too.


Next are two wonderful fukuro obi and one nagoya obi and a hiraki obi. The orange one is a summer obi, the weave is quite rough. The nagoya obi has cords on it, which was one point on my wishlist. For the silver fukuro I just thought , that is would fit quite nicely to my pink iromuji. For the red hiraki obi, there are swallows on it and they remind me of home. I just love it when they fly across the window while screaming. I’m happy we have them here in Braunschweig, too.

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Than I was able to get two new kimono. The blue one is a synthetic hitoe komon. It was a bit of a gamble if it would fit me, because it was a new seller and he did not have many length give about the size. The other one it a light green tsukesage. There are tachibana on it 😀 and its greeeeen.

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With the shoes I got lucky but I think this might be the last ones I buy for some time, Exception is a pair of light colored geta.

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And finally I got some nice yellow  and orange obijime  and a summer one as well as a padded one. The white-gold one it for my tomesode assemble. Tomesode are worn with white obijime and obiage

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This one I really got lucky. I was bidding on 5 obiage and won all. Well I sold one of them already, because it was the same as one of the others. But now I have multiplied my summer obiage by 3.

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When I look at all these items it seems a lot but I haven’t been updating properly since january . I think it is a good excuse, right.

I have been doing some outing , but I will write about them in a separate post. stay tuned.


color change

Last week a new package came with three obiage in it. It was a bundle , and what you always have is, one thing in the bundle isn’t what you want.  With this it was a , what I thought was a white obiage, late I saw it was very light shade of pink. Well, both colors I already got in my collection so I decided to dye it. It decided quite quickly on a berry color. Well , but dyeing just one little obiage seemed to me like a waste of color. I decided than to put a pair of white tabi, a white han eri , white old obi jime and a bra ( which looked ugly from washing it wrong). For me I was very curious which color which item would be in the end. I read before that silk tends to be get muted color when dyed and polyester types don’t take the color at all. Well the result you can see here :


The bra is not on the pictures but it turned into a dark violet. Totally different from the other shades you see here. But nice. As you can see on the pictures the tabi and the obi jime got the color like the dye promised. The haneri… well… a very light shade of purple. But the obi age turned it to purple berry and I’m really happy with that. What I wasn’t happy about, I had to clean the washing machine afterwards. All the dirt inside turned purple 😦

Okay than we have some new item, too, a yukata in indigo and a new hanhaba obi with rabbits on it :)and the other obiage from the bundle. The red-yellow one has silver threads on one half and gold threads on the on the other.

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Outfits of the last weeks

It is this time of the year again, when students have not much time due to examinations. AndBild_02 this time is now over. I had not many chances to wear kimono lately or to practice it. There was only one thing, the tribute party to athletes in our town for last years accomplishments. I decided to go there in kimono to attract some attention for our sport 😉 I choose the lavender colored iromuji and the sakura obi with silver threads. It was all very springish.

and last week my new pink iromuji arrived. Usually I’m not so much iBild_01nto pink but I really like that salmon pink. The color fits so nicely to a lot of obi I got and lately I’m more into pastels. This week I finally had time to try it on. I paired it with a sparkly beige, green blueish obi.

I haven’t bought much kimono stuff lately because I but a limit to my budget. I want to save money for the sport seminars this year, which will cost a lot of money. And I sold some things that I don’t wear or which don’t fit me. Well, yes , that happens, when the sell gets the measurements wrong or sometimes you get presents. Or sometimes it’s just an item you bought at the beginning of your collection, when you bought everything you could get your hands on and later you realize that it doesn’t suit you.