A Neat Thing I found…

UPDATE: The December 2007 issue of Cotton Spice Quilting Magazine is now online, for subscribers. In approx. 2 weeks, it will be open to the public. Yippee! 🙂


Eileen commented on the Catching Up on Pictures Post “I wonder how many of us quilters also do other crafts–bet that is most of us. Although my quilt UFOs far outnumber any other, I do have knitting, crocheting, and beading UFOs to think about, as well as those stashes to maintain. Oh the guilt!!! (Well, not really.)”

We, here at Cotton Spice realize that! When you get a chance to read the last few issues of Cotton Spice, look up The Q Files and Beth Brubaker. She realizes that and is starting a column that explores all the other things we quilters do…like knit! She is an awesome writer and you will LOVE her columns. No one else, that I know of, has really explored The Quilt Police like she has. I’d imagine she’ll be living under the Witness Protection Program soon, for the safety of her sewing room.

Ok, on to the Neat Thing!

On Ravelry.com I host a group called Frugal Homemakers. We are looking for ways to cut our families expenses and make the most of what we already have. One of the ladies posted a link to this and it was so neat, I had to share it with you!

Quote…”Ms Yuriko Koike, Minister of the Environment, has created the “Mottainai Furoshiki” as a symbol of Japanese culture to reduce waste. Furoshiki is a Japanese traditional wrapping cloth which is used repeatedly in a stylish way.

The following is the message from Minister Koike;

I’ve created what you might call a “mottainai furoshiki“. The Japanese word mottainai means it’s a shame for something to go to waste without having made use of its potential in full. The furoshiki is made of a fiber manufactured from recycled PET bottles, and has a birds-and-flowers motif drawn by Itoh Jakuchu, a painter of the mid-Edo era.
The Japanese wrapping cloth known as the furoshiki is said to have been first used in the Muromachi Period(1392-1573), when people spread it out in place of a bath mat or wrapped one’s clothes with it.
The furoshiki is so handy that you can wrap almost anything in it regardless of size or shape with a little ingenuity by simply folding it in a right way. It’s much better than Plastic bags you receive at supermarkets or wrapping paper, since it’s highly resistant, reusable and multipurpose. In fact, it’s one of the symbols of traditional Japanese culture, and puts an accent on taking care of things and avoiding wastes.
It would be wonderful if the furoshiki, as a symbol of traditional Japanese culture, could provide an opportunity for us to reconsider the possibilities of a sound-material cycle society. As my sincere wish, I would like to disseminate the culture of the furoshiki to the entire world.”

And they also show you how to use your Furoshiki….


You can read about yourself here Is that a fun idea or what?

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5 Responses to “A Neat Thing I found…”

  1. Barbara Bunchuk Says:

    In case I haven’t commented before, I will comment now………………………………..Comment!

  2. Eileen Says:

    What an interesting link! When I was in Africa, the ladies had a marvelous way to wrap up and carry their babies with a simple piece of cloth … my how we complicate things. I’ll have to learn some of these wrapping tricks … good for doing up presents … and could be very pretty too. I’ve added the link to my own post today. Thanks a bunch.

  3. Vickie Says:

    This a really neat post today! Just full of great ideas and information!
    Thank you so much!

  4. Amy Says:

    This is really fun and a great idea!

  5. Helen Says:

    Love your website. What a great idea for giftwrapping.

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