backpack to the museum, and first dropped in to visit Jean Betts and her beautiful studio. I got to see her incredible kesa, which began with a few scraps of cloth that I sent her. Check out her blog, One Small Stitch, to see more of the kesa's story.
I first met Jean about three years ago, via her blog. Even thought I have been delighted to make "blog friends" all over the world, finding someone in my neck of the woods who was into many of the same things as me felt quite special. When Jean offered a workshop on dorset button making at Victoria's Craigdarroch Castle, I made the trip across the water to meet her in person. The workshop was fun, Jean's a super teacher - knowledgeable, lively and, well, look at that great smile!
It was only a matter of time before my friend Jean-Pierre (the one who lives in Japan) became caught in the net. First, he sent me a couple of skeins of an unusual silk yarn, which languished in my stash until I passed them on to Jean, who wove them up into a beautiful silk scarf, which came back to me in a trade. Then Jean-Pierre sent me a box of bits of Japanese fabric, a gift from his friend Mrs. Mandu. (I know, the circle keeps expanding.) I used some of the cloth in the backpack, but there were a couple of standout pieces of vintage cloth that I knew Jean would be able to do something beautiful with, so I sent them along to her. Now they are part of her kesa.
I am hoping that next time J.-P. comes back to Canada to visit his dad in Saanichton, he will be able to meet Jean as well. I think it would be such a pleasure for my two friends to meet, and I know that Jean serves a lovely cup of green tea. We can all talk about art, and Japan, and beautiful cloth. And maybe plan a trip to visit Mrs. Mandu, and her friend Fujii-san... . one day the whole world will be encircled with our web of connections.
Okay, now go visit Jean at One Small Stitch!