Hina

Girls’ Day, Hina Matsuri, is held in Japan on March 3rd every year. Families with daughters decorate their homes with elaborate displays of elegant dolls for a month prior to this day. However, in a few parts of rural Japan, mobiles of hanging ornaments made from scraps of kimono fabric or silk crepe (chirimen) are used instead. These little lovely items have gained popularity among quilters in other parts of the country and, as you can see, I too, have not been able to resist. I make a few new ornaments each year.


Hina mobile with ornaments for Girls' Day 3/3







New ornaments for 2007,  shrimp, chick and baby's rattle.
Cicada, tangerine and gourd, 2008
The Imperial Couple, 2009
Bamboo, comb and crawling baby, 2010
Hai-hai crawling baby, 2010
Windmill, pillow and San-ban Sou, 2011
San-ban Sou, 2011



Bell, Hobby Horse and Mandarin Duck, 2012


Rabbit, Flower and Bag of Fortune, 2013

Ball, Peach and Goldfish, 2014










4 comments:

  1. what a lot of very interesting pieces you have made here Queenie, such a shame we do not have anything like this in GB

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  2. I love these-so beuatiful and cute at the same time. I have some bits of silks and kimona-do you ever have a tutorial or pattern for these?

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  3. These are beautiful and cute at the same time- do you ever do tutorials or patterns for these? I have bits of silks and such from Japan in my stash and would love to make some of these.
    -Michelle

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    1. Hi MIchelle,
      The only tutorial I have posted is for the rabbit I made 2013:
      http://queeniepatch.blogspot.jp/2013/02/the-hina-rabbit.html
      Most patterns are from books published in Japanese. I might make a step-by-step post for next year's HINA ornaments, some time in February 2015.

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