Here’s a beauty: a kimono scarf step by step

Well, after the To Celebrate Life scarf went to the highest bidder when the auction closed, a disappointed bidder still needed a scarf.  So, I made this one.  First, a trip to the kimono rack to pick out something really beautiful.

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This will do nicely!  A kurotomesode–a heavily embroidered kimono traditionally worn by married women-from the Ichiroya Flea Market.  The small circle at the top is a family crest–one of five on the kimono.

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After taking it apart gently, I need to repair the gold embroidery.

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Here’s how the original embroidery looks on the back side, if you’re interested.

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And, while we’re at it, here are the front and back of an embroidered flower.

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Now that I have the main piece, time to find some pieces that will work with the colors.

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And start to lay them out.

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And then, start to construct the scarf.

 

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Finish the ends, line with beautiful cream-colored silk with shibori cranes, hand-sew the final seam, and it’s finished!

 

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P.S. This all takes a lot longer than it looks like it does.

Author: Juliana Jensen

Juliana is a traveler, dog lover, cancer survivor, gardener, artist, beginning contemplative, and, of course, a walker.

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