Trip to Japan and China and another birthday giveaway!

Hello strangers!

Greg and I have just returned from a quick visit to Japan and China to visit some favourite mills and to establish some new and exciting contacts for the future. Here are a few (?) snapshots from the trip.

Neon Signs in Dotombori Street, Osaka….

Fabulous food of all kinds and cooked (or not) in many different ways…

Beautiful Maiko in Puntocho, Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto…

Classic Gion District, Kyoto…

Exquisite kimono silk brocades…

Nishiri Food Market, Kyoto…

Visiting a silk textile mill in China…

Xin Tian Di District and TMSK Restaurant, Shanghai

We’re back just in time to mark the blog’s 3rd birthday! I can’t believe how quickly this last year has passed. Both Lisa and I have so much fun sharing posts with you and hope you enjoy them too. We’ve grown quite fond of our blog and look forward to seeing what next year holds.

And to celebrate this little Sew Tessuti milestone, we’ve got FOUR giveaways including some goodies just purchased in Japan and a couple of Italian pattern magazines from our trip in June (remember the ones I left behind?!).

Giveaway #1: the latest Pattern Magic Book 3 for Stretch Fabrics… not yet available in our stores, but it’s on its way!

Giveaway #2: Liberty Cute Accessories…just the book for the crafty sewer to make the cutest bags and accessories in lovely Liberty cottons plus 2 x 20cm Black Lacey Edged zippers.

Giveaway #3: Making Men’s Shirts Pattern Book by Japanese designer Ryuichiro Shimazaki. Finally… some wonderful patterns for men’s shirts.

Giveaway #4: Italian Burda 8/2010 and La Mia Boutique pattern magazines.

For the giveaway, become a follower of our blog (if you’re not already) and let us know your prize preference by leaving a comment. The giveaway closes 11:59pm Wednesday 1st December AEST and is open to local and international readers! Winners will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after.

Thank you and good luck everyone!

xxx Colette and Lisa

PS Is there anything you’d like to see more or less of on our blog on 2011? If there is, we’d love this feedback in your comment too!