Another 5 Bokken Bag!

I love it when a martial artist sees somebody using a Zanshin Art custom bag and says "HEY!!! I would like one too!!!"

So I'm building another bag to carry five bukuto, and this time my customer asked about a wider carry strap.

SURE! Instead of standard 1" webbing, a carry strap can be made out of four layers of the same canvas as the bag. Up to 2.5" wide it only adds $12 to the price.

And Six More = 14 New Prints!

Here's an assortment of six more of the beautiful decorative prints I recently bought. Any one of them would be outstanding on a navy or black canvas bag. Some are in very limited quantities, so make sure to inquire...

Four Botanicals!

You've seen the amazing Mt. Fuji prints. Here are a few brand new botanical decorative prints available to rock out your new bag.

14 New Decorative Prints!!!!

My vendors opened the new year with some amazing prints - I've never bought so many at one time!
I'm rolling out a few at a time, theme-based. Here are FOUR, count 'em, FOUR prints featuring Mt. Fuji. A few are extra wide so ideal for decorating jodo bags or other weapons-based arts.

5 Bokken Bag

An extra wide bag needs some design features to meet the demand. I add a couple of pleats at the botton of one side of the bag to allow for a little more volume, and double stitch in lengthwise channels to keep some the weapons in separate compartments. 

Pair of Dojo Bags

Custom bags make great gifts. A friend of mine has ordered these bags to give as gifts for his dojomates, and it is wonderful to craft something you know is being given in celebration or appreciation.

I've ordered a few new prints for the New Year and will get those posted before the end of the month, so come back!

Happy Holidays to All

I want to thank all those who have supported me and other small scale artisans during this year and years past. 

This lovely print is the first of the prints on navy bags I'm building to consign to Mugendo Budogu. Taking a break from that project to work on three custom bag orders. 

Six new bags for Mugendo Budogu

My dear friends sold 13 bags for me this year, so I'm preparing a shipment to go out to them of a dozen bags on consignment to start them off for 2017. These bags have all the features of my standard bags but are cut a bit wider to meet the needs of jodo practitioners.

These six bags feature different prints each on black canvas. I'll be setting up to do a batch of navy canvas bags next, each with a different print.

Back in the Studio, Ready for Holiday Orders

My day job was keeping me out of "my happy place" - the sewing studio.

I'm delighted to announce I have retired and am back in the studio and ready to make a special bag for you to present as a gift.

Consider how a bag set off with the sparkle of the golden-outlined ginkgo leaves or an unusual landscape or botanical print will bring a smile to the budoka in your life. If you are purchasing a tanto as a gift, I can even do a custom presentation bag!

Bags for Mugendo Budogu

I have been making special extra-wide bags for Jodo folks, consigning them to my friends at Mugendo Budogu. They import high quality martial arts uniforms, weapons, books, dvds, etc from Japan and are an honest and reliable small home-based business.

Triple Orders!

Components assembled!

Components assembled!

Another repeat customer! Two years ago a gentleman serving overseas had me make up a custom weapons bag that required a new design concept to incorporate both a large format decorative image and a pleated drawstring pouch.

Today I've just finished up TWO more bags for him, using the same design. It's taken quite a bit of studio time to get this specialized measuring, cutting, and stitching done, but it was a real pleasure to do precision work with such lovely fabric and know they will be loved and well-used.

Side one of third bag.

Side one of third bag.

Side two of third bag: pleated pouch.

Side two of third bag: pleated pouch.

Tanto Gift Presentation Bag

You know you're doing something right when a customer comes back a third time for a multiple bag order! Got some good studio time in after work and finished the first of three bags: a presentation bag for a tanto gift.
Nice tanto are often given as special gifts, and a custom bag with fabric you select is the perfect (and quite affordable) finishing touch. Pricing is $26 - $30 depending on your choice of fabrics. 

New Prints!

Several brand new prints arrived this week. Here are a couple of very different takes on the theme of dragonflies!

Sword cleaning kit bags

For those who carry iaito or shinken to and from the dojo and need a bag just big enough to carry essentials, this is sized for the 5.5" hammer and a few other key items. Decorative band on black cotton twill, foldover and ties like a miniature weapons bag. Many decorative prints are available to individualize these! $30 + shipping.

Sturdy black cotton twill with a decorative band, foldover and tie like a tiny weapons bag!

Sturdy black cotton twill with a decorative band, foldover and tie like a tiny weapons bag!

Welcome to the new Zanshin Art site

As Zanshin Art celebrates its fifteenth anniversary, I thank all the wonderful customers who let me have a delightful time, working with beautiful fabrics, to create their special bags that let them get off to the dojo in style time and again.