Valentine’s day is coming…

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All the lovers out there! We think that saying ‘I love you’ to your loved one is sufficient on the Valentine’s day but if you are thinking of adding something else to these magic words, then look no further than our Valentine’s day gift ideasfor him and for her. X

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Shetland Wool Throws

Posing in the bouncy & cosy throw made of 100% wool exclusively sourced from the Shetland Islands. The wool is naturally coloured so it’s un-dyed. The Shetland sheep, which grow the wool, graze on the Islands’ hills and beaches eating wild heather and seaweed all year around.

See more info HERE.

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Curated by Onagono at Family Tree

Onagono is currently having some shelf space entitled ‘Curated by Onagono’ at Family Tree, an independent design shop situated on a lively cobbled road called Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, London.

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Curated by Onagono is here until the end of October.

Please visit the shop and look out for the brown tags for our products!

Family Tree
53 Exmouth Market
London
EC1R 4QL

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm

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Family Tree and Onagono share common interests in beautiful products made sustainability in mind so if you like what Onagono does then you will certainly enjoy browsing through the selections by Family Tree too!

Family Tree is a lifestyle shop based in Clerkenwell, London since 2004.
It selects crafted interiors, accessories and gifts from around the world, along side items from local designer makers.

 

Onagono on Supermarket Sarah

Onagono is on the latest Supermarket Sarah wall!

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And so Sarah and I decided to take the featured items onto the street of Hackney…

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Along the way, we discovered a model who turned out to be a natural..(woof).

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… paddled in the lido of London Fields,

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and surrounded by the wild flowers.

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Sarah was liking the triangle pattern jute bag, handwoven in Sri Lanka.

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Behind the scene shot.

What a fun afternoon, it was.

Supermarket Sarah invites artists, designers, makers and many more creatives to her walls regularly. It has become a platform for new talent and has been featured in a wide range of media, including the Guardian, Evening Standard, Sunday Times Style, British Vogue, Elle decoration, French Elle, Japanese Elle and the BBC news.

The art of Sashiko

Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches.

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This jacket is one good example of Sashiko technique that I found online. It’s apparently a fisherman’s winter jacket from late 1800 to early 1900. You can see that this indigo-dyed jacket was mended again and again. I love it because more you see it, more you can find different details and effects that were applied to it.

Have a look at the scrapbook on Onagono’s pinterest page to see more examples of Sashiko.

Since there were 2 pairs of Jimmy’s well worn jeans that have holes on the knees, it was a perfect opportunity for me to experiment the Sashiko technique on them.

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I learned how to do it by watching this youtube video. It’s in Japanese but you will get the idea just by watching the demonstration without having to understand the language. (In fact, the narrator is talking about the history rather than giving the instruction.)

* Click the title on top to jump to the youtube page as it won’t play on this blog page.

First, I sew on a patch that is made of similar colour and material to cover the hole from inside.

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Marked the guide-lines for hand-stitching using fabric pencil…

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Then started stitching using cotton thread…

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And put them in the washing machine to wash off the pencil mark.

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And here it is!

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Same goes to the blue jeans…

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Slightly fancier Sashiko stitching pattern on them (like the one on the youtube video).

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After thought: Probably I should have used less visible coloured thread but at least you can see the pattern clearly…

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Our Sashiko challenge continues!

 

 

 

 

 

A visit to Knitster LDN

Knitster LDN is a knitwear studio based in Hackney, East London, run by Aysen Bayram.

Although I’ve know Aysen for over 10 years, I met her for the first time in years when I went to a friend’s party the other week. I asked her if I could pay a visit to her studio and she happily welcomed me in.

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I was curious about this industrial knitting machine since I saw the post on the Knitster LDN’s FB page. Apparently it came from a knitwear workshop in Scotland, that used to be run by a gentleman who is now 80 years old and had retired to become a bus driver.

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Aysen is working to give it a new lease of life.

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The cleaning is in progress. You can see the difference in the state of it before (left half) and after (right half) polishing.

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Still sussing out how this thing works…

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I am looking forward to seeing the old Italian machine come into action! I will revisit the Knitster LND studio again and hopefully will post the update here…

On the wall, I spotted a charcoal drawing of Aysen’s cat / muse by her friend Mieke Dingemanse in Amsterdam where she spent several years as a knitwear designer for an international fashion brand.

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Here is some of her work of knitted animals using Scottish lamswool. She also has an ongoing project Portrait Your Pet where by she commissions to knit clients’ pets into an object like cushion and frame.

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Aysen demonstrating us how the Brother knitting machine motor unit works.

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Thank you for sparing your time and showing us around your studio on one of the hottest days of the year!

Onagono x