Watching the images from Japan it is easy to feel helpless. I’ve stopped watching TV as it just leaves me so terribly sad. However, one thing that I’ve learned first hand this past month with our Librarithon and work with families in Christchurch is that the blogging community I’m part of can make a difference, not just practically, but also in terms showing human solidarity, support and kindness.
Having been encouraged by Tokyo-based Jo over at A Bit of This and a Bit of That, my sister, Kate, a fantastically talented jewellery maker, and I have teamed up to raise money for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, through a series of auctions and raffles.
For our first auction, Kate is offering this beautiful, handmade cherry blossom brooch, created out of beaded and embroidered felt:
Kate used silk hankie fibre,organza, wool roving, silk velvet, wool nepps, cotton scrim and silk tops to create the brooch. It’s embellished with tiny sequins, glass beads (including some vintage) and detached fly, colonial knot, bullion knot, detached chain and seed hand embroidery stitches. For more images, including how the brooch was made, click here. Had the brooch made it to Kate’s Esty shop it would have been priced at $45.
How this auction works:
Thankyou for participating and happy bidding!
This auction is being held in cooperation with Tokyo based A Bit of This and a Bit of That. We are not affiliated with Global Giving, that’s just our chosen method of getting funds safely to the affected area.
If jewellery isn’t your thing (although you could bid on this lovely brooch and give it as a gift to someone), later in the week there will be a raffle for a signed copy of Brian Wildsmith’s Animal Gallery.