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.


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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Refurbishing of old geta

Some years ago I bought some geta I really wished for. They were old but looked quite sound.$(KGrHqZHJE0FEq4VI,teBRLiBdYYyg~~60_57 DSC06823kl Only the hanao (straps) were really worn. I exchanged them with some straps I made myself , but a new layer of black lacquer on it and wore it to the meeting at the Japan Day in Düsseldorf. It was a fun day but the cobblestone pavement did no good to them. One  tooth got in a gap and split. I was very very sad. A friend of my did repair it for me. But of course you still could see were it was split. DSC06987I had to renew the lacquer. Well of at first I thought, I will only do one tooth and than everything will be fine. I started with lots of energy to remove the paint and it  was done when the sun set. The next day I started the spraying the new black paint on it and repeated this step every DSC09717second or third day. After the 3rd layer I thought I was finished …. buuuut …even after one week of drying it was still so soft even touching would leave a finger print on it. I was devastate. So I started again to remove the paint. But because it was so soft, it nearly ruined my sandpaper. While removing I noticDSC09718ed the bad job I did before when I painted it. I did not remove the lacquer before. I just sprayed over the holes it the paint. Well and you could see it very well. In the consequence I started to removed the paint from the whole shoe and from the DSC09714other, too. Oh, wow, what a lot of work it was. I filled some holes and started the paint process again, with a different lacquer. And this time everything worked out fine. To add some stylish touch I sprinkled some gold lacquer over themDSC09713. I really like that effect. From far you can’t see it but when you look closely you will see it. Also before there was layer beneath the black lacquer to smooth the surface. I didn’t buy any under lacquer and now you can the structure of the wood, which I really like. I had to make new hanao as well. I made them a bit thinner thinner this time but with the same fabric and with some inlay to strengthen it a bit.  I still DSC09720have to get them in to the holes but I’m already looking forward to wear them soon.

my long term porject

I have been working on some projects lately, but not continuously. Because of the exams DSC_0267 coming up soon I haven’t managed to finish even one. But I want to introduce you to one of my long term project. I bought DSC09690bthis lovely meisen kimono with the intention to pimp it a bit and than wear it. It had the right size when I came to sleeve length. It was to short in the body, but I find it less bad to have no ohashori instead of to short sleeves. There was a major stain on the bag which did show on the sellers pictures.

When it came I was very sad. The fabric was/is so bridle that it tears open very easily. And it DSC09691klalready had a some holes. Than I noticed that is was really really short… so I had to lengthen it with some spare fabric. … Well it was the first time that I lengthened a kimono. On the back I did everything right but on the front I made the cut to high. Which means you will see the different fabric when worn. 😦 Well but now I can wear, but still no ohashori is possible.

Now to bDSC09693kle able to wear it I bought some lining for silk which you ion on it to strengthen the silk. It works but I will have to sew it on to the kimono and eventually make a proper lining .

I already started to fill the holes with embroidery. On top on that to hide the stain I bought some lace to cover the stains. I put some in front of the kimono as well , just for fun. Today I put it on to see how it looks and I think it is just fine. My boyfriend doesn’t like the kimono much. HeDSC09700bkl says ” DSC09705bklgranny kimono” to it, but I like it. Even so it is so fragile. I hope I can wear it soon.

How a to short kimono bolt was turned into a haori

Some Months ago I was able to win a bit on a tsukesage bold with a light color and some nice paintings on it. But when it arrived I was very disappointed because there were 3m missing. The seller cut of the part with the front panel on whiDSC08577ch a beautiful picture of a No-actor would have been. I had an eye on the seller and several weeks later that part came up for auction. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to win the auction and so I had a fabric bolt at home which was to short. So I put the pieces together to see, if pattern would fiwpid-wp-1445875093362.jpgt for an haori. There was definitely enough fabric for that. I thought the whole thing looked a bit to boring so I decided to add some more pictures.
Well, that was easy said. I ordered some silk painting and a colorless gel for the lines, called gutta and some silk to practice. Gutta washed out a leaves just the silk as it was. On the right picture you can still see the lines, and on the left the gutta is washed out.wpid-wp-1445875073947.jpg

Well my first attempts were to as good as I would have liked them to be, but I got better and than I tired it on the fabric. I was a bit to fast sometimes but at the overall I’m quite pleased with the outcome. And than I started sewing. I hated the lining, I always hate it, but I the more often I sew it, the better I get. My next project is a iromuji kimono.

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Samurai Tsukeobi

I got this really interesting fabric from an ebay seller, to which I couldn’t possible say no. When I sou20150420f 375got it, I was a bit disappointed, because it had a lot of major damage. There tears and cuts  and bad repairs. So in the end I made up my mind in to making a tsuke obi. For an Tsuke obi you Don’t need as much fabric  as you would need for a normal obi.  On the fabric you see three persons. One is close drawing a sword and another tDSC09248klrying to hold him back, or being protected by him. And another person with a long stick. That person has also a sword, bu not yet drawn it. The stick reminded me of the jo we use in Jodo, even so it is a bit to long for that. But seeing samurai and even one with a stick is really rare so, never the less a good find.
How I made the obi. First, I got one of my bought tsuke obi out , to see how DSC09249klthey have done things.  Than I found two parts int the fabric without tears, where the samurai are and cut them out as far as I could go. The rest I filled with DSC09251klthe blue checked patterned fabric also belonging to this. I tacked them together and add some padding for the stiffness. But I felt to thin so I got some thick fabric to put inside of it. Out of some old folder I made a plastic angel. The function is to hold the otaiko in place , so it won’t slip down wards. It is attached the otaiko and slides in the part that DSC09252klgoes round your hips. After that I finished the otaiko with some basting stitches , as to stay in form and here we go. The tsuke obi is ready to wear. I’m plaing to wear it for the Iaido European Championship Sayonara party. Yeah !

The Tomesode Project

Finally I took some photos of my tomesode. I ordered the fabric without knowing , if it would be DSC09246kl big enough for me to wear it. But when it arrived I was relieved that it had the right size. I fell in love with the design in the first place.  When I started sewing I realized that I would need lining. Tomesode always come with lining, if not summer weave like ro or sha. It is the third time I made something with a lining. That means it really takes me a loooooong time and I really hate it. But than I now I finished it and I’m quite pleaDSC09247klsed with the result. I’m looking forward to wear it , maybe for the theater next time. I only have to think about what to do with the empty spaces , were the mon suppose to be. Maybe embroidery something in it, just to fill it, until I know something better. 😉 A tomesode is one of the most formal kimono you can find. Usually when you start wearing a tomesode when you are married. Before that , you would wear a furisode, in very formal occasions like weddings. Now a days, furisode are mostly worn by coming of age ceremonies and getting married. If you see a wedding and you see people wearing tomesode , it is most likely the mother of the bride or some close relative.