May 28 2013

Book Giveaway – We Have A Winner!

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We had fun reading what people would wrap in a furoshiki. We randomly drew a winner. Congratulations to Sharon, who said: “I would wrap my daughter’s birthday present, because I know when she gives me mine she would reuse it to wrap my present!” Hey, that sounds good to us! Our favorite wrap is the two-bottle wrap – so fast, so easy, so beautiful! We hope you continue to have fun using furoshiki for wrapping gifts and everyday items. Click here if you want to order your own copy from Amazon.

This two-bottle wrap is using one of our designs

This two-bottle wrap is using one of our designs


May 20 2013

Celebrate Radio And Win A Book!

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Our segment on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio is today! You can listen live at 4 p.m. ET or wait for the recording to be posted. Click here to listen. We had so much fun chatting with Pat Sloan, that we wanted to celebrate the show with you. Pat asked us a lot of questions about our book, Furoshiki Fabric Wraps: Simple, Reusable, Beautiful.

Furoshiki means "bath spread"

Furoshiki means “bath spread”

She was very intrigued with the idea of taking a square of fabric (you can tell she knows her audience well!) and wrapping it just right to carry a boatload of stuff. And, if you wrapped just right, you could carry the boat, too! Anyway, we’d love to know what you would want to wrap up. Just leave a comment on what you would wrap up by Monday, May 27, 2013. We’ll draw a name from all the entries and give away a copy of our book. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

 


May 14 2013

Tech Tuesday: Try The Radio!

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We just finished taping our segment for next Monday’s edition of American Patchwork and Quilting Radio. We hope you’ll “tune” in then. Okay, so it’s not your grandparents’ radio. You can listen to the show live via your computer, listen to previous broadcasts, or download different shows via iTunes (for free!).

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio PixieLadies guest

So, what was it like to tape a radio show, you ask? Well, Pat Sloan, the host, is a professional. We had already exchanged a number of emails before the show and knew exactly what she was going to talk about. All the technical details were spelled out, and we were called promptly. A good model to follow. Did we spill any beans about all the skeletons in our closets? Well, no, but we did talk about the fabric stash we have there! And come back on Monday – we’ll have a surprise for you!


Jan 3 2013

Happy New Year!

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The Pixeladies started the new year in traditional fashion – on vacation, spending time with our families. It’s always nice to take a little break. We come back refreshed and inspired to create anew. For Kris, New Year’s is spent at the big dinner with her mother-in-law’s family. There’s a lot of preparation involved, but the food is fantastic. This year we had special fun, wrapping our food in the silk furoshiki Kris’s cousin sent from Japan to help celebrate the publication of our book. It’s true – you always have a conversation starter if you bring your stuff wrapped in a furoshiki. Here’s to a healthy, happy, and creatively productive 2013!

Kris and her mother-in-law, Jane, on their way to the family New Year’s Day dinner.


Dec 6 2012

Don’t Forget to Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Furoshiki!

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If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you already know that we love furoshiki – the Japanese art of wrapping in cloth. Now that the holidays are upon us, we’ve started wrapping our gifts up – in furoshiki of course. What we love about furoshiki is that the object actually determines the type of wrap you use. Giving two bottles of wine to your boss? Then wrap them in the two-bottle wrap. A Twilight poster to your niece? That will wrap up nicely in the cylindrical wrap. And don’t forget those gift cards. We like putting them in empty Altoids containers and then wrapping them up in the two-book wrap. Here’s a little sample of our holiday furoshiki:

Wrap Up the Holidays in Furoshiki!

The red and white polka dotted wrap is actually a vintage scarf. Vintage scarves make the perfect furoshiki, especially for those of you who don’t sew or have a fabric stash the size of Connecticut in your house.  Why go through all this trouble, you may ask? Well, it’s no trouble at all. The wraps are very easy to make, you don’t have to mess with ribbon, and you’ll save lots of trees! Just fold up the fabric when you’re done and save it for another occasion. You can find instructions and more ideas in our book, Furoshiki Fabric Wraps: Simple, Reusable, Beautiful. Click here to check it out at amazon.com. The book makes a great gift, too! BTW, the photo above shows some tasty wrapped wines from Deb’s favorite winery, Artesa, a wrapped box of See’s chocolates* (a West Coast tradition), and our new found favorite olive oils and vinegars** from Sutter Buttes Olive Oil Co.

*Kris loves the dark chocolate and coconut.
**Deb’s favorites are the blood orange olive oil and the peach vinegar–drizzle them over a salad to remind you of summer.


Feb 21 2012

Book Giveaway!

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C&T, our wonderful publisher, is giving away a copy of our new book! Follow this link for more details. The giveaway runs through February 26. Everyone’s support of our book is just the bee’s knees! By the way, we love going to consignment shops and thrift stores in search of vintage scarves to use as furoshiki. Keep the scarves out of the landfills, we say!

This two-bottle wrap is using one of our designs


Feb 9 2012

The Book is Here – Party on March 24!

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We drove down to Concord, home of C&T Publishing, this past Tuesday and picked up a few copies of our book, Furoshiki Fabric Wraps. Let’s say we were pretty excited when we sold our very fist copy to Wanda of the Piecemakers Guild in Newark. We are giving free wrapping demos at Shared Stitches in Shingle Springs during their March Madness event on March 24, and the book will be available for purchase. If you live too far away, just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to sell you a copy. You can also find the book in the usual places. Hope to see many of you on March 24!


Dec 21 2011

Happy Holidays!

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It’s  that time of year when the Pixeladies furiously attempt to clean the studio, sweep all the bad spirits out the door, and look forward to a new year. What better way to do that then to receive advance copies of our book! The FedEx driver said this was her favorite delivery! And, while we were cleaning today, C&T, our publishers, had two azalea plants delivered to the studio. Tomorrow we’re going to celebrate by buying new well-deserved cell phones. After all, we are two of the last 19 Palm Pre owners still in existence. We’re closing the studio until January 2. Until then, may you have the most wonderful of holidays. Our hope is for peace on Earth, good will toward all, and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Woohoo!!

 


Nov 21 2011

NYC Part II – The Garment District

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Well, you can’t expect the Pixeladies to go anywhere without seeing if there is some store, museum, or event involving fiber. Needless to say, we had our choice during our October trip to NYC. We decided on Mood Fabrics because 1) we knew they would have a lot of fabric (and they did), 2) we wanted to give our Project Runway fans a report, and 3) there’s nothing like going to a store that can’t be reached unless you go into an office building and up the elevator! We have to say that the trip was worth it because we had the best salesperson, Adina. If she doesn’t work there anymore, it’s Mood’s loss! Lots of attention with knowledge of what to show us. She also had the muscles to move those bolts around quickly. At first we went in without a mission (not a good thing), so we quickly decided to look for fabric we could use to make furoshiki. Can you believe they had NO rayon?! What’s with that?! [Deb’s note: we didn’t get to the upper floors to check–we did have husbands to meet, after all,  and we were already late.] Adina was good, though. She found us lots of great dress-weight cotton that had good drape. We did not go away empty-handed.

Kris wraps fabric into a bag

Adina shows Deb some cool fabric

We also decided to check out the Artquilt Gallery NYC. Was it small? Yes. Was it impressive? Yes. Carol Taylor’s quilts were hanging during our visit. Was there a quilt shop attached to it? Yes. We did not go away empty-handed.  For those of you headed to NYC in January, our friend Paula Chung will have her amazing quilts on display.  And we can’t even begin to describe the lusciousness that is the Mokuba store. When is the last time you ran your hand across silk grosgrain ribbon. Aaaah!!!! And, yes, we did not go away empty-handed, but we forgot to take photos!

In front of our favorite Carol Taylor quilt

Cathy Izzo, gallery co-owner, with Kris


Oct 31 2011

Furoshiki Countdown Coming Soon!

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We know we still have three months to go, but C&T Publishing just listed our upcoming book entitled Furoshiki Fabric Wraps: simple, reusable, beautiful. We couldn’t wait until February to let you all know about it. If you want something new to do with your fabric, you want to use less paper, or just want to create beautiful wraps and bags, this is the book for you. We love it that C&T thought to make project cards so that you can pass along instructions for a particular wrap. It has been an amzaing experience writing the book and working with all the great people at C&T, but the wait is killing us! As we get closer to the publication date, we’ll start filling you in on some of the neat things that happened like . . .

Furoshiki means “bath spread”

. . . I was looking around the house for props for one of the photo shoots and decided to take a box of my dad’s oranges from his backyard (he was a great gardener) as a little gift for the C&T folks. Well, wouldn’t you know those oranges came in handy as a backdrop to one of the wraps. Nice to know my dad’s gardening got immortalized in some fashion.