Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Odori programmes

I've been working busily lately trying to get the bulk of my (very) large pile of odori programs scanned and uploaded and I feel I'm making a bit of a dent!
Here is my Flickr page if you want to check out the latest offerings.
Lately I've added some Kitano odori and Miyako odori and some other magazines/book with lovely photos. I do have many Kamogawa, Miyako and some other bits and pieces to share with you when they are ready.
However I've broken my scanner, again! They don't seem to last me very long  *grrr*

In other news I've bought a summer kimono...
Wisteria I cannot resist it.
Summer fabrics are a weakness too...
Put them together with purple?

I will need to alter it as well so I'm looking forward to experimenting with it a bit.
As I didn't bring my kimono collection when I moved, only yukata I've been practicing in those but the two new ones are so stiff with starch that I feel so funny wearing them!
Also I suck with using a hanhaba obi, or at least the pink one I bought.
I don't know if they are all that floppy but it does make things a bit difficult...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back to basics

For some reason when I first got into kimono I didn't start with (or even like) yukata.

Which seems silly looking back on it cuz that would be the best place to start in this hobby.
So I'm going back to basics :)

I bought a couple of yukata for the upcoming summer season and a kimono bra to help smooth things out ;)

So I got a pretty wisteria yukata because wisteria is my all time favourite flower and a bright and colourful yukata with sakura motif.

A pink hanhaba obi that hopefully matches both yukata. I can't wait to get them and try them on! I'd better start researching what musubi I can tie with a hanhaba obi as I've never used one; although I do have one that I bought with a kurotomesode in a lovely anitque fabric.
If you've got a favourite musubi for yukata I'd love to hear them :)

I usually don't use any binding for kimono, a boob tube usually does the trick for flattening everything out nicely, but I've put on a little weight lately so I think I may need a kimono bra now to help smooth it all out, really hoping it will help, no matter how unattractive it looks.
So they should get here in a few weeks from Noppin, can't wait to dig in and try out my new goodies :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hi all!

I am alive.
Because I don't post here a lot following me on Flickr will show the most recent activity... Most of the time that is...

So far this year I...
Moved out of home.

Changed job (and therefore how much moola I make so I cut back a bit on spending)

Found a lovely man, subsequently moved in with him :)

Kimono wise I haven't been doing much. Truthfully I've only done kitsuke once this year and I hadn't done it in so long that I basically forgot what I was doing!
I forgot my erishin, korin belt and how to tie an otaiko!
I'm now seriously considering going thru my collection and just making a few ensembles for occasions and keeping a few lovely pieces and selling/trading/giving away the rest.
If/when I decide what I'm doing I'll post it up here as well as my other haunts :Flickr, Immortal Geisha and Tsuruko Maiko.

So i haven't bought many kimono this year, I did buy a ro maiko hikizuri with grass motif and a beautiful darari obi tho, most notably.

I also bought a biyosugata but I haven't used it yet. I've been meaning to get one for ages tho.
I also bought some kanzashi:
Firstly a lovely uchiwa set for a maiko:

And a large spider kiku:
I'd like to collect all the different maiko kanzashi but that will probably take a while.

Of course I have still been collecting odori programmes and postcards and other things I thought would be of interest to viewers, which are on my Flickr so check them out if you want.
I still have many, many odori to scan in but as I moved state about a month ago I haven't had a chance to go home and get them all.
Hopefully I can do that soon when I go back in a month or so and possibly even a spring kitsuke!
Well... best not expect too much on that subject tho...

I don't think I have much more to say just now, but my love for kimono has been rekindled :)