The Kimiono Kimono

Throwback to Spring 2016 and a visit from little Goblin, who suggested that I make kimonos. I thought sure? Why not?  They look pretty easy and people seem to really like them.  So I found some fabric, tried it out, prototype or  2 and voila the Kimiono Kimono was born.  

The Kimiono Kimono was named for my niece Kimi actually Kimiko who has been my advisor from the beginning in fabric and fashion (I primarily choose to dress like a gym teacher).  

All my Kimonos are handmade by me.  The styles have changed and there is more selection from when we started.  Fabrics are sourced locally and abroad. Abroad by the models who travel near and far and send me pictures for the Travelling Kimionos. These guys have been from Iceland to Indonesia and many points in between.

Recently I had the good fortune to have the talented Rachel Boekel take some photos of the Kimionos.  She has an amazing gift for seeing the beauty in the things that surround her, bringing out the exceptional in her subjects and seeing the world from a unique point of view.  All photos in this post, with the exception of the "Travelling Kimionos" were taken by Rachel. 
Please check out her blog to see more of her amazing work. Rachel Boekel Photography


Wool Wool Wool

Wooool I apparently haven't posted in a loooooong while.  A few things have changed like I actually have Instagram now! And a few things are still pluggin along as before, like my Etsy shop, though sales have definitely picked up there!

The biggest change for me has been the use of upcycled materials in my work.  My basement overfloweth.  I have been scouring thrift shops and sales, rummaging through closest of friends and family and turning old into new.  Wool sweaters are the prize find and can be turned into almost anything!   Mittens, slippers, zipper pouches and hats just to name a few.  So if you come for a visit, don't leave anything behind!  It is not safe with me... at least it may not look the same when you get it back!

Here's a little before and after: