Meet Kotomi!

Well hello there Internet pals!

Today I bring you the good news that I happen to be acquainted with a very charming artist known as Kotomi Yoshida. She’s skilled in ways I can only imagine as she has a knack for creating fanciful clothes for hip folks. I am lucky enough to work with her at the museum.

We were in between moments of ticket duties when I noticed she was stitching away on the most delightful little felt food. She warns it is still in progress but allowed me to take a photo.

Here in the Mile High City Kotomi is easily one of the up and coming fashion stars. She has participated in several shows and as best I can tell she does most of the sewing by hand. Her specialty is recycling old garments into new futuristic items with the addition of all sorts of exciting bits and baubles. Check out her Etsy shop to get a feel for her style and you’ll see she has a distinctive flavor.

As I am not a member of the high fashion world, unless you are speaking of the pajama high fashion world that is, I am continuously impressed by her work. She was born in Japan and I feel many of her pieces are inspired by Japanese themes. Furthermore she’s simply a lovely person. Nonetheless we (meaning me) here at Hen On The Town salute you Kotomi! May you find fortune, unicorns, and all of your lost socks!


Henny Penny

The Fanciest Tiger of All

Good Midday Chums!

Yesterday I couldn’t help but notice that the Snowpocalypse was receding; so I popped out to see the new digs Fancy Tiger Crafts just moved into. First off, you should know that Fancy Tiger is easily one of my very favorite craft shoppes in Denver. They embrace local artists, stock up on funky fabrics, host super fun classes, and have every type of roving you could ever need. Until about a month ago they were located at Ellsworth and Broadway, now they are located a little less than a block up at 59 Broadway. The new space is HUGE in comparison to their former spot.

Now their fabric collection is easily 3 times larger, meaning there’s even more fun imports from Japan and awesome prints from Lizzy House. There are so many fun choices now I just want to take a fabric shower!

Plus there’s a whole wall of yarns, including some from Knit Collage┬áthat are simply scrumptious; so glittery and beautiful. In the past I have really felt that their collection was very knit-centric but yesterday I couldn’t help but notice all the crochet additions. My very favorite of these additions were the clay adorned hooks with fun decorations such as mustaches, petite Darth Vaders, little woodland creatures, and the obligatory balls of yarn. As best I could tell these were locally made but none of my pictures turned out (sorry internet friends).

Ooh and their felting materials are so lovely! No longer stashed upstairs, the roving has the run of a wall. All in all I would say the new space truly encourages some crafty consumerism. Project ideas abound, including some wool felted pieces that I long to turn into slippers or hats or tiny woolen monsters.

Best of all their class space has doubled. They now have 2 classrooms that are very well sized with chalkboard paint up on the walls and lovely sewing stations just waiting to teach you a new skill.

I know what you’re thinking, is Henny Penny on the Fancy Tiger take? Well no, I am just so happy to see the business growing. Whenever I’m in a craft rut I pop into the shop just to get inspired. Nowadays the place is practically humming with inspiring vibes. This Friday they are hosting their grand re-opening, if you are in Denver perhaps you should consider popping in, I know I am planning a visit.

Keep up the good internet surfing work!

Henny Penny