2012.11.20 (tue)

Hand-woven friendship bracelets

November 2012

Many of you may remember the “friendship bracelets” that were popular many years ago.

With only embroidery floss, it is possible to braid bands that can be used as bracelets, or as decoration for our SHIMA-SHIMA projects.
The inmates enjoyed making these bands so much that we will teach a new pattern every lesson.

With the holidays coming up, friendship bracelets will make nice gifts for friends and family.

Giovanna & Kyoko
Milano, November 2012


With special thanks to:

The Society of San Vincenzo De Paoli
Banco Del Monte of Lombardia Foundation
Dr. Davide Pisapia, Director of Casa Circondariale di Vigevano

2012.11.19 (mon)

Pyramid bags

November 2012

This month, the inmates made many of these pyramid-shaped tetrahedron bags with SHIMA-SHIMA fabrics.
In addition, they volunteered to make a large quantity of these bags for a charity event, using donated fabrics and zippers.

We inserted the zippers, using a special technique, which achieves a clean finish at the top of the pyramid.
Hand-woven braid and button accents were used for decoration.

We are preparing a line of SHIMA-SHIMA items for an exhibition, to take place in spring 2013.

Giovanna & Kyoko
Milano,  November 2012

With special thanks to:

The Society of San Vincenzo De Paoli
Banco Del Monte of Lombardia Foundation
Dr. Davide Pisapia, Director of Casa Circondariale di Vigevano