Close up of another of the blocks from my latest patchwork quilt.
Another close-up of a quilt square from my Indian inspired patchwork quilt. I need to think of a name for the quilt. any suggestions?
And while I'm thinking of it, I found this wonderful little pocket guide of embroidery stitches. It's laminated, lies completely flat or folds up to handily tuck into my stitching box. It's even got a ruler, so it can double as a straight edge. Bargain!
I've just finished hand stitching embroidered squares for a quilt using fabrics from my local quilt shop, Quilt 'n' Things. I'll be putting together patterns for the embroidery and soon there will be a kit with the fabrics shown here.
The quilt can be as simple or elaborate as you like. I did some very simple plaid patterns and some more complex floral and paisley designs. You can decide how much time you want to spend, and the result will be a quilt that only you could have made. And although it's a kit, there is endless room for personalization and creativity. It'll will be something only you could have made.
New quilt coming.
Geometric patterns that express elements of nature and daily life have been central to the Japanese aesthetic for centuries. This pattern is called Fundo Tsunagi (or sometimes fundoutsunagi) and is a design that dates at least to the Nara period (645-794). It has been used in woven textiles such as twills and brocades, along with dyed textiles and sashiko.
The design and the name come from the shape of one of the traditional counterweights used on scales in Japan. Fundo literally means “weight” and tsunagi means “link”.
I bordered the embroidered panel with a japanese cotton printed with traditional Japanese patterns that I picked up somewhere some time ago. I'm happy to find something in my stash that works so perfectly. The more things I stitch up the fewer things I'll need to move into my new studio.
I didn't make time to get up to the Met last week to see the Rei Kawakubo show, so I was really happy to find these photos on Google. I highly recommend spending a few minutes looking. The photos are amazing!
I've just discovered another rabbit hole to fall into. There's a series of visual stories about the history of textiles and fashion.
Today I learned about kimonos. The common size of a kimono fabric roll is 0.38m × 13m.
This workshop will explore hand stitching and embroidery techniques emphasizing textile repair and mending.
Garment repair has become much more than a chore. Add pattern and texture through embellishment as seen in Indian Kantha and Japanese Boro traditions. Instead of throwing away a torn or damaged piece of clothing or fabric participants will be shown how the damage offers the opportunity to create a new surface design enhancing the beauty of an object while creating a story about it’s history.
During the workshop we will take time to think about and explore the versatility and strength of embroidery for mark making, emphasizing the slow, meditative rhythm of hand stitching and the pleasure of having time to make and mend.
As we stitch, I will share my latest sipping concoctions - kombucha, sipping vinegar or recently harvested fruit/herb-ade.
Participants are encouraged to bring sipping choices (wine, sparkling beverages, juices, etc.) along with their own garments and objects for repair. Additionally, materials will be provided for practice in patching, repair and “embroidermending”.
- Patching materials
Supplies You Should Bring
- Damaged item(s) you’d like to repair
- Patches, fabrics, threads that are meaningful to you (not a requirement)