Newsletter #10, June 4, 2018

Summer Plan

I hope this newsletter finds you well.
Many exciting things are happening in the studio. The bathroom project is underway. I will be around this summer since my Japan tour will be in October 12-22th this year. I set up few workshops for Indigo dye and sewing. Indigo fresh leaves dye workshop will be in September. I will also have 2 one-week-long fiber camp for children in Brookline in July. This is so much fun. More info is included below. Please spread words.
I am always open to any new ideas about workshops and events. Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you are interested in.  
I will hear about the result of the grant for SAORI Bridges of Elm Park on July 1st. Please make finger crossed!
Hope you have a wonderful summer!


Seed to Fashion Program has begun on May 27th

On the first workshop we learned the overview of indigo dye in Japan and dyed a cotton banner in shibori (tie-dye/ resist) method at the studio. It was the first time for everyone to do an indigo dye. They either folded or make shapes the cloth and created a resist with rubber bands, chopsticks, cloth pins and cramps. 

Even though it was cold and drizzling, some of us went to the Winslow Community Garden to plant indigo plants after dyeing. Thanks to Laura Ibanes, the seedlings looked so healthy and grown well. I am checking the garden everyday to make sure they are okay. 

Here is the link to the video clip we watched about the Japanese indigo.




Indigo Shibori Dye Workshop for everyone 

June 23rd (Sat.), July 7th (Sat.) & August 11th(Sat.) at 3:30-6:30pm at the studio
$55 General attendants, $45 Current Students
8 people maximum 

Pre-registered with the payment is required. ($20 is non refundable. There is no refund after 24 hour prior to the workshop time.)  

This workshop is for people who have never done Indigo dye or who want to explore different patterns of shibori techniques. Mihoko will teach variety of patterns you can make. The magic of indigo is changing the colors from green to blue while you oxidize the dye. To get the dark blue, you need to repeat the cycle of die-rinse-dry few times.

Mihoko will prepare a cotton banner for each person. Bring your own short sleeves shirt or T-shirt to dye addition to the cotton banner. The shirt could not be white. It needs pre washed. All natural fiber (cotton, linen,silk,wool and rayon) would work. White T-shirts will be available for purchase if you let Mihoko knows the size.


Sewing Workshop Series in Summer

Pre-registered with the payment is required. ($20 is non refundable. There is no refund after 24 hour prior to the workshop time.)  Limited to 6 people in each workshop.


1. Basic sleeveless top (Placemat vest) 

  June 29nd (Fri.) 10am-4:30pm (1 hour lunch break) 
  $70 General, $55 Current Students  

Bring your handwoven materials (approx.45cm wide and 130cm), sewing thread, and your own sewing machine. Three sewing machines will be available to reserve. Several small pieces would work. If you would like to have bigger size or longer length, bring extra larger piece.

2. SAORI reverse applique on T-shirts

    June 15th(Fri) 10-noon $ July 24th(Tue.) 10-noon
    $40 General, $30 Current students

Bring T-shirts, handwoven scraps, sewing thread, a sharp small scissors and your sewing machine. Scraps will be available for purchase. Three sewing machines will be available to reserve. Ideally cotton & rayon fabric work best. 

3. Sewing Guidance 

    August 17th(Fri) 10-noon & 1-3pm 
    $35 General for each 2 hour time slot, $25 Current       Students 

Bring your own sewing project with your own sewing machine. This workshop is for people who can sew but want to have Mihoko for advice in case when you are not sure or you make a mistake. Some people are telling me that they would be able to focus better when everyone in a class is sewing. Three sewing machines will be available to reserve. 



Fiber Camp with Mihoko at Art with Amy in Brookline, MA
July 9-13th, 9am -2pm
July 16th-20th, 9am-2pm

Participants will explore weaving, spinning, knitting, sewing, felting and more. When children learn new skills, they experiment based on their curiosity, It is true learning experience and it will stay in their mind forever. I will guide them to pursue their interests for the entire week while I introduce new way to play with fiber each day. Last year, participants wove scarves/ banners, and made pocketbooks, stuffed animals, purses, pompoms and artwork with no definition! SAORI weaving is a base and they made other items from their own handwoven fabric. It is a unique, self-directed with guidance and fun camp for all ages!

Spaces are limited. $500 for each week including all the materials. Please email Amy Solomon through the website or View similar products »

Call for Fiber Artists  Healing Fibers: Picture Medical Justice

Studio member Bayda Asbridge is looking for fiber artists for an exhibition at the Sprinkler Factory in July. Artists are invited to submit art that addresses personal health stories of themselves or relatives. Read more about this amazing event and its history here. Share an entry here. 

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2 thoughts on “Newsletter #10, June 4, 2018

  1. Please add me to your newsletter list. I have done some SAORI weaving at Loop of the Loom. I am particularly interested in a SAORI trip to Japan.

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