Summer is almost over in the pacific northwest, and that means the last of the summer matsuri of the year as well! I haven't been able to go to many matsuri this year, however I was so happy to have been invited to help make items to sell at a local Japanese preschool for their summer festival. I made flower kamikazari, hair accessories. All of the money raised goes to helping tsunami victims in Japan. The small festival was really fun, they did an amazing job putting together the event for the kids, full of traditional matsuri games and foods!
Before the festival. I had started sewing a yukata from some really cute vintage cotton that I had found at a secondhand shop.
I just realized, I don't think I shared a photo of my kazari himo (decorative cord, like a thinner obijime for yukata) that I made. I wore it last time for Tanabata but didn't share a picture. The glass bead has a pink botan and dark red rose (not seen) painted on the inside, and the ends are capped with dangling pink and clear crystals. it looks really pretty in the back as well, tied in a bow with the dangling crystals.
Blurry pic! I didn't take photos of all of the individual flowers, but here are some of my favorites:
I love the cream lace rose with pearl bead chain dangles
The yellow daisy has a vintage turquoise cabochon center, and I used a large rhinstone for the pink daisy. I experimented with different centers for the zinnias, gold filigree in one, and a silver and Swarovski crystal flower in the other. I thought the pink and green camellia with the bead loop in the center was cute, but it was the least popular.
Purple! Because I was feeling overloaded with pink. The ranunculus (bottom) is a two piece set with a hair comb and bobby pin, it is difficult to see but each flower has a pearl center. The white rose was the most fun to make, but difficult to photograph. There are loops of pearls integrated in the flower petals.
Pearl centered orchids. I think I love the brown pearls