My love for Japanese textiles and crafts began in the 1960’s when my father was stationed in the Air Force in Okinawa.  I learned sashiko from a Japanese woman over 25 years ago, and fell in love with the craft. It quickly became an all-consuming passion. Sashiko, an easy embroidery technique using a running stitch, is relaxing and fun, and creates a sense of peace while stitching.  Sashiko is elegance in simplicity.

Since 2002, my husband and I have owned Shibori Dragon, which specializes in Asian fabrics, Japanese textiles, and Sashiko.   I have been teaching and collecting historical sashiko textiles for the past 20 years and have samples dating from the 1800’s to modern day.

I have designed sashiko bags, table runners, boro inspired textiles, Block of the Month quilts, and wall hangings, many of which are featured in the classes that I teach.

In addition to teaching in our retail store, my teaching includes:

Houston Quilt Festival
Road to California
Sewing and Stitchery Expo
NW Quilting Expo
Quilt Camp at Sea Quilting Cruises (Alaska, Caribbean,
     British Isles, and Coastal Cruises)

Various quilt guild retreats in the PNW Area

Lecturers/ presentations related to boro, sashiko and Japanese textiles.