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For something different, try Japanese inspired gifts
Stuck for ideas for Christmas presents? Sick of buying the same type of gift each year? Even if you did not answer 'yes' to these questions, going to this festive market, will still be fascinating.
Kimono House Festive market returns this year for the month of December. Their classroom/gallery space will be filled once more with unique Japanese gifts, as well as festive trims for you to look through. This will all come about in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
They will be open from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm, from Tuesday to Saturday as from 1st December to 22nd December 2018. Their address is: Level 2 Nicholas Building 37 Swanston Street Melbourne
There is lift access via Cathedral Arcade, which is near the corner of Flinders Lane.
This is an unusual place, as products they sell are often very different - being Japan-inspired. You will be able to find those unique items for your friends, children and loved ones at this Japanese Festive Market. They will have various Christmas ornaments, handbags, Japanese styled bags, tenugui and so much more!
There will also be items such as the following for you to buy:
Precut fabric such as kimono fabric bundles, feature panels, cute bundles and more
Craft supplies such as pins and needles, scissors and tools, bag making, buttons and trims and threads
Craft kits such as temari balls, cute items, bags and purses, flowers and more
Sashiko supplies such as transfer tools, needles and threads, samplers and cloth
Gifts of various sorts
You will also be able to book into various workshops and make some of your own gifts:
* Christmas Temari Balls - you will learn how to make these in traditional Christmas colours. These make a delightful gift or add a special touch to your Christmas tree or decorations at home. This new pattern to Kimono House is suitable for all levels of skill even if you have never done this before. Class fee includes all materials and you can read more and book at this link.
Learn to make these decorations instead of buying them!
* Japanese Patchwork Quilting - this class will be an enjoyable day with Jan Preston. Jan will teach you in this relaxed one-day class to create a kaleidoscope of colour in hand-stitched windows. This patchwork quilt uses traditional Japanese sashiko stitching. There is no machine needed for this project and you can make it whatever size you wish.
There is an optional materials kit which will be available for $80, and you can read more and book at this link.
A square of Japanese quilting
You can get a full list of the workshops by clicking here.
About Kimono House
Kimono House is owned and managed by Leanne O'Sullivan. Leanne first went to Japan in 1989 where she lived and worked for the next 5 years.
During her time there Leanne became interested in Japanese textiles and in particular those of the kimono. Leanne spent a great deal of her spare time going to textile merchants and wandering around temple markets. She also learnt handicrafts with local artisans.
Whilst living in Japan, Leanne was constantly influenced by the extreme contrasts that were around her. This was a fascinating mix of the traditional along with the modern and this is/was her inspiration for textile creations that combine new and vintage fabric, traditional and contemporary design.
Now living back in Melbourne, Leanne still goes to visit Japan each year. This is to research and also to buy items for Kimono House and this enables her to provide customers with a wide variety of hand-selected new and vintage Japanese textiles and craft supplies.
Kimono House also carries a range of craft kits designed by Leanne herself and inspired by traditional Japanese craft.
Leanne teaches traditional and contemporary Japanese craft regularly and classes can be arranged for schools, textile and other groups. Presentations or exhibitions of Leanne's personal collections of Japanese textiles can also be arranged.