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Steiner Cabin Tour

Starting in the 1920’s, on the slopes of Oregon’s Mt Hood,¬†hundreds of vacation cabins were built. One of the most prolific builders was Henry Steiner. Today there are around 30 existing Steiner cabins. And once a year, if you are lucky, you can get tickets to tour of some of the cabins. Other than items […]
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New Each Time

It all started with this one. A jacket using the very last of a beautiful speckled kimono silk, creamy white with little sparkling spots woven in. I pieced it with other white silks into the jacket below. A customer liked it and asked for the same in a different size. She understood, that because I’d […]
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The Moon and the Sun

It was a coincidence that during the same week as the total eclipse, I was working on a ‘Moon’ swing coat. ‘Moon’ because of the white circles.¬†White circles in kimono silks are spaces left blank so that a family crest can be added. I’ve been an astronomy nerd since forever, so there was no question […]
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One Kimono, Two Jackets

One kimono usually has enough fabric for two jackets, especially if I use a different fabric for sleeves. I take apart the kimono, wash the pieces and then the fun part, follow where the fabric takes me. This beautiful old kimono had flowers and leaves sprinkled around, looking perfect together. But as I spent time […]
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ACC San Francisco 2017

Where would you want to go if your city’s forecast was for 106 degrees? How about San Francisco? High of 70? The American Craft Council’s San Francisco’s Show landed on the perfect weekend. I escaped Portland’s high temperatures for 3 wonderful days in one of my favorite cities. In such a fantastic venue, Fort Mason. […]
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New for ACC SF 2017

Next weekend, August 4-6, I’ll be in San Francisco for the American Craft Show. With a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, at the very cool Fort Mason, I’ll be right up front in booth #103, with all my new jackets, skirts and blouses. Like this one from a beautiful old kimono, disassembled and rearranged […]
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New Work for ACC SF 2017

It’s coming up soon! The American Craft Show in San Fransisco, August 4, 5 and 6. That’s the weekend after next! I’m sewing up a storm finishing new pieces for the show. But that’s not all there is to do. There’s all the other stuff. Like photograph the work. So when someone asks about a […]
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Midsummer Tea with Junko

Tea with Junko and Lynn at a neiborhood coffee shop. Junko, always in a beautiful kimono, this time honoring the Japanese festival Tanabata, the Star Festival. The Star Festival celebrates the once a year meeting of two deities, lovers that had been separated by the Milky Way. Angry that his daughter had neglected her loom […]
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Silver Swing

In process, a new color way for my swing coat! Silver grey gradating to an almost black. From my stash, these fabrics had been sitting for years on my shelf, waiting for their time. Woven stripes, checks and plaids in the pieced strips. I’m loving the patterns and textures!
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Trip to Warm Springs

Kahneeta Hot Springs Resort, located on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, sits in a gorgeous, beautiful, awe inspiring landscape. Just driving to the resort! Mind bending rock formations. I need a geologist in the back seat to help explain what I’m seeing. Located on the dry side of the state, blue, blue […]
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