When I was living on the farm in rural Oregon, this was the time of year to break out the afghan supplies, start searching through hat patterns and contemplating scarves. Stitching for Fall and Winter was a thrilling time of year in my fiber world because it meant thread no longer sticks to sweaty hands and the iron’s warmth becomes comforting instead of dreaded, like in the heat of Summer.
This year I’m in Hawaii and lovely as beach life can be, I have to admit that I’m going to miss stitching woolen beanies and fingerless gloves. Making things is a compulsive habit rather than a recreational hobby and nothing like a lack of seasons is going to stop me. I’ve still been turning out hats, but instead of wool, they are straw.
I’ve found a new use for my Japanese macrame book…making hat bands, although it does take forever to complete one. Heads are way bigger than wrists and ankles.
In Japan, seasons are a big deal. Many people change the decorations in their home based on the season and they even recognize a sort of season within seasons, slight changes between the start of Summer and end of Summer, for example. Seasonal fashion is taken seriously, which is a luxury some of us who live closer to the equator are denied. In honor of the impending Fall and Winter, lets drool over some A/W 2015 embroidered Japanese fashion we wish we could be wearing.
One of my all time favorite designers is Christian Dada. His patchwork jeans are what I want to see everyone wearing. A bit of a throwback to the ’90’s maybe, but who doesn’t have tons of beautiful fabric scraps laying around just waiting to be made into the your own haute couture?!
A Pop-Up Shop that just finished up this week at Laforet, Harajuku in Shibuya, Tokyo belonged to Hinagiku. Filled with fiber goodness from beading to embroidery to knitting, this creative brand features feminine and natural shapes.
Available online as well as at Laforet is Pou Dou Dou. I adore this black frock embroidered with an interesting satin stitch pattern. It’s perfect for Fall and Winter with it’s deep pockets and sweet button accents.
Kapital is one of my favorite brands for Fall. Their collection is full of Japanese Boro techniques and features the glory of denim. It reminds me of the timeless essence of the Pacific Northwest. If you love knit too, this brand is for you.
What’s better in the chilly weather than a cozy sweater? This one by up and coming designer Tusbasa Shinyo strikes a chord in my heart. Look at all that fiber! It makes me want to snuggle right up. I’m not sure if my husband or son would wear this, but I’d want to talk to the guy who’d sport this with pride.
Keita Maruyama seriously highlights Japanese embroidery with his Autumn/Winter line. This year, traditional embroidery rules. Colorful animals and master needlework are combined in his elevated creations.
Mega toy brand, Hasboro, owns the Japanese clothing line Axes Femme. If you find yourself in Tokyo, head over to Odaiba’s Diver City to shop at their store. Based on their adorable doll, Blythe, Axes Femme serves up dolly like clothes letting ladies dress up just like her. Can’t get to Tokyo to buy one of your own? Nuido it yourself by checking out Urban Threads’ lace patterns.
When she’s not gallivanting overseas (usually to Japan) Madeline is making things and staying sunny in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. You can keep up with Madeline’s endless fiber projects and find her travel blog at www.madelinewonderland.com