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Saturday, July 30, 2022
Did you know that July 30th is World Embroidery Day? Will you stitch today? I would like to enjoy the face to face company of other stitchers today, but because of the increasing number of covid cases now, I plan to stitch at home by myself. I have pulled out a few things and may work on all of them, or maybe only one.
I've pulled some fabric that may become the backing for the House Quilt and I also have fabric for Year 3 temperature quilt borders.
I have an idea for finishing this:
I might start something new. I'll try to have something to show on Wednesday.
Here is some background on the day, in case you don't know about it:
Manifesto for World Embroidery Day
30th of July
Textile reflects our world; embroideries can show the expressions of our time. Embroidery and textiles can focus on the social injustices between countries.
By the means of embroidery we can draw attention to the necessity of engaging in the force of textile in global trade and with it in world peace. Textiles is a power and let us use embroidery as an inspiration for people to engage in creativity that leads to a better understanding between countries and between people.
To embroider is a peaceful occupation. It can be traditional made from a common remembrance, drawn designs, from a pattern, or from your own imagination. You embroider for joy, beauty, decoration and for the creation of identity.
Stitches can be decorative, beautiful, comforting, repeating, healing, telling, plea- surable, rebellious, caressing and perfect.
People embroider out of joy, as a hobby, professionally, for the bare necessities of life and as an act of freedom. You embroider together with others or in meditative solitude.
We want to acknowledge embroidery as an act of free creativity, which can lead to free, creative thoughts and ideas. We want to tie our embroidery threads from the privileged northern hemisphere together with stiches that are sewn by embroidering sisters and brothers all over the world.
We want to be part of a joyfully creative peace movement.
The initiative came from Skåne Sy-d, a local group of Broderiakademin, the SwedishEmbroiderer’s Guild. The first World Embroidery Day took place in Vismarlöv, 30th July 2011. The importance of embroidery must be made known and World Embroidery Day will spread around the world. Make 30th July a day filled with creativity for the sake of Peace, Freedom and Equality.
Friday, July 29, 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022
It has been hot and humid where I live. Summer is just getting started, August will probably be hotter. How can I stay cool while walking to work?
I just read about experiment to find out what color of clothing will keep you the coolest in the summer sun, conducted by researcher Toshiaki Ichinose from Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies. Ichinose set nine mannequin torsos in the summer sun, each wearing a different colored polo shirt. After five minutes, the surface temperatures of the fabrics were checked.
The white shirt was the coolest, with a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (about 86 degrees Fahrenheit), which was about the same as the air tempurature during the test. Next coolest was yellow, followed by gray, red, purple, blue, green, dark green, and black. Dark green and black both had surface temperatures of over 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit), more than 50 percent hotter than the white shirt.
I was surprised that red was cooler than blue. Normally, I think of red as a hot color and blue as a cool color. Apparently that is not true when in the summer sun. This is an interesting study and I will think about what color to wear to work tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Another fob start on a small piece of canvas
Quaker Heart from Piecework magazine - thanks Dot for commenting last week and giving me the link to the free chart.
This freebie ornament chart came from Danybrod - dany88.canalblog.com/
Another freebie cross stitch ornament from Make Stuff Be Happy blog.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
In 2020, these public toilets with transparent glass walls in bright colors were installed in Yoyogi district in Tokyo. The transparent walls let you see how clean they are from the outside. Once you go inside and lock the door the walls turn opaque so the user cannot be seen!
The walls are made of glass covered with PDLC film that is transparent when electricity is applied. Locking the door turns off the electricity making the glass opaque again. They were designed by Shigeru Ban to give users a safe, clean, comfortable public toilet. You can be sure it is clean and that no one is hiding inside before you enter.
What a great idea! Remember to lock the door after you go inside.
Monday, July 25, 2022
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Japanese drug company, Taisho Pharmaceutical Company is testing out a vending machine at JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, one of the busiest train stations in Japan, selling cold medicine, pain killers, eye drops, and other items through August 31st. This trial is testing the waters before installing them in regions of Japan with few drugstores.
The machine sells about 30 products and is available to use between 10 am and 6 pm. If all goes well Taisho Pharmaceuticals will consider extending the machine's hours after the trial run.
I've never seen a drug store vending machine before, but Japan has vending machines for everything else so I can't say I am surprised.
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Friday, July 22, 2022
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Covid numbers have been rising in Japan, and maybe everywhere else too. I read that some places in the US want to reinstate mask mandates. I can guess how well that will go over.
In Japan, people have been wearing masks since the beginning of the pandemic with no mandates. Community pressure and concern for others make people wear masks and continue to do so. The government has been requesting people to take off the masks if they are outside and distanced from others in order to prevent heat stroke, but I don't think any Japanese people are doing it. I see people riding bicycles, running, driving cars alone, working in gardens - all wearing masks.
I asked one of my students who lives very close to work if he still wears a mask when he walks to work. He said of course! He can't let his neighbors see him without a mask. Community pressure.
I don't wear a mask when I am outside and no one else is around. I always carry it by the elastic, just in case though. I'm not crazy about masks, but I do care about not getting infected and I care about other people feeling safe around me. I wouldn't think about going inside the grocery store or the post office or other place without one. And, I never see anyone inside these places with a bare face. Never.
I made two new cloth masks. If I am in a place that I can get out of if I think it is crowded, I wear a cloth mask. If I am somewhere I can't get out, like the train or the Immigration Office, I double mask with a cloth mask over a KN95.
What is the mask situation where you are? How do you feel about wearing or not wearing masks at this point in the pandemic?
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
The House Quilt progress. I don't have enough floor space, so two clothes pins on the laundry pole are the only way I can photograph it.
Table runner -I sandwiched some thin batting and backing fabric and am doing a little quilting. It measures about 48" x 18".
New Fob Start - I found another little bit of fabric and couldn't help myself.
Quaker alphabet cross stitch - this was a freebie that I saved, but I don't remember now where it came rom. Maybe I can figure it out, if anyone is interested.
Paisley Pocket progress
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Monday, July 18, 2022
Today (third Monday in July) is a national holiday in Japan. The purpose of Umi no Hi 海の日 or Sea Day is to give thanks for the sea's bounty and to consider the importance of the sea to Japan as a maritime nation.
I haven't done much sea related stitching but here are a few things, mostly fish, which come from the sea - -
Mill Hill Cabin Fever - upper left corner
Sunday, July 17, 2022
The rainy season was officially declared over weeks ago, but for some reason it continues to rain All The Time. I walk to work and walk home after work, 40 minutes each way. I don't mind walking, but I don't like walking in the rain all the time. I don't like carrying extra clothes and wearing all the rain gear. I'm just tired of it.
I made a teru teru bozu, also known as a Japanese rain prevention doll, but it didn't work.
Teru Teru Bozu are traditional Japanese handmade dolls made from tissue paper or cloth and are hung on doors and windows to get sunny weather. They are hung during the rainy season and on occasions when sunny weather is appreciated, such as festivals or sports events. Teru means to shine and bozu refers to a Buddhist monk (or other bald person), to call on the monk's magic powers to prevent rain. Children begin making them in kindergarten and there is a strange song about it, but I don't know the words.
Do you know of any other rain prevention or rain stopping tricks?
Saturday, July 16, 2022
|Princess Yuriko with granddaughter Princess Akiko|