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Stencils and indigo

Last Saturday we held the Katzome workshop with Tyler Peterson, textile artist. It was a cloudy overcast day which was a relief from the triple digit weather we have had over the past week.   After Tyler introduced himself he talked about how katazome (stencil resist ) is used in kimono and other clothing.  He showed …

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Katazome workshop

Please join us for an introduction to Katazome workshop with textile artist and instructor Tyler Peterson. Fee $35 covers materials. To sign up see Margie or use the paypal button on the right to reserve your spot.  Registration is very limited so sign up early.

Katazome is a surface design process used for centuries in …

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Gathering of the tribe

That is what my husband calls tea events, whether it is Hatsugama, an anniversary celebration, a koshukai, a convention or a large chakai, we get together with other chajin and enjoy tea, sweets and company of our kindred who understand “that we are the lucky ones whose hearts were stolen by tea.”

Recently, I …

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An evening with Margaret Chula

An Evening with Margaret Chula, Internationally recognized Haiku and Tanka poet

Please join us Monday July 24th, for an evening with Maggie Chula. She will discuss haiku, tanka, senryu, and haibun and also read from her own work. At the end she will encourage students to write their own poems. She will also have some …

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Making a good bowl of koicha

During koicha temae, the teishu asks the shokyaku “Ofukukagen wa ikaga desu ka?” How is the tea.  Of course out of politeness, it is always “Kekko desu, or Taihen kekko desu” It is good and sufficient.  But we need honest feedback in order to improve how we make koicha.  One of my students told me …

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