Back in May I went on a fabric shopping tour run by Anne at Designer Stitch - and yes it is as much like heaven to a fabric junkie as it sounds.
One of the places we visited was Zigu Zagu where you can buy vintage Japanese textiles such as kimono, kimono textiles, obi silks and zabuton. It's located in the Kazari warehouse where you can pick up Japanese antiquities and furniture, to complement your textiles of course!!
My father-in-law had told me about Zigu Zagu just before we went there so I decided to pick up some Obi silk to make him a set of six placemats for his birthday last week.
With all that happened between May and September I only had two done ready for his birthday but delivered the remaining four a few days later.
They are a bit like mini-quilts with a layer of cotton batting between two layers of fabric - the sik and a red cotton on the front and red cotton on the back.
I decided to keep them quite simple and not cut the silk into small pieces and 'patchwork' it so to speak, as I wanted to maximise the amount of silk that could be seen.
The colours and design in the silk are really beautiful and I am pleased to say that he was delighted with them.