One of my very first stops on the Market floor Saturday morning was the Echino/Kokka booth. It was right on the end of the first few aisles and with all the bright colors and eye candy, one couldn't miss it. Japanese textile designer Etsuko Furuya has a bold sense of style. Her designs are immediately recognizable whenever you see them. Her Echino line has produced some of my favorite canvas prints over the last few years. They are great for use in bags, clothing, pillows and other small items. The booth was gorgeous.
I was lucky enough to snag one of their 2011 catalogs and haven't been able to put it down since. Even my "non-quilter" wife was fascinated by the decor. The colors were so saturated and bright.
The 2011 Echino collection is full of Etsuko Furuya's signature style and use of color. The way she layers different elements on a single piece of fabric is very interesting to me.
I think my wife and I stood in front of these bags for several minutes. The prints were so fun.
Here are some more images from items in the Kokka section of the booth. I don't recall seeing any quilts among the items shown here, but there were some fine examples of clothing and bags made from their fabrics.
The US distributor for Kokka textiles and Echino is Seven Islands. I encourage you to head over to their website to learn more. It is full of images of yummy fabrics.
While we were finishing up browsing the Kokka booth, a very nice lady started a presentation on how to make felt foods in the Sun Felt booth. We wandered quickly in her direction as the crowd around her small table began to grow. I didn't want to miss what she had to say because the felt foods scattered around her booth were scrumptious. They looked so real.
It looked as if someone had set up a tiny little bakery in the middle of her booth. The food looked awesome! I wanted to grab it up and take a closer look but didn't want to chance making them upset. I handed someone my card and immediately was given a large packet of brochures, all in Japanese.
I didn't take any pictures of the demonstration for copyright purposes but the technique they used was so simple with extremely gorgeous results. Looking at these photos, I wish I'd purchased some of their kits to bring home and share with you.
COMMENTS ARE NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED FOR THIS GIVEAWAY
As a special treat for all my readers during this month when I recap my Quilt Market excursion, I'm giving away free stuff!
For this week's giveaway, I'm offering up a fat quarter bundle of the new 2011 Echino fabrics (released fall 2010). One lucky winner will get their pick of one colorway from the new line as seen here in one of my sponsor shops, Hawthorne Threads. You can select from either cool, fresh, sunrise or sunset.
Please leave a comment on this post for your entry. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted. I will draw a winner using the Random Number Generator on Sunday, November 14, 2010!