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fini – well almost – maybe

January 26, 2012

do you get a warm, fuzzy satisfied feeling when you finally finish something?

something you have put your heart into


well, several hearts



lace pick-up done as a sample





ALL of the fabrics are hand-woven and indigo dyed or top dyed,  entirely hand stitched using an old sheet for backing.


I love the simple stitching on the back – some day I’ll stitch a piece inside-out just like this – someday.

the piecing and stitching  has been in the works for approximately 3 1/2 years. The weaving dates back to 1985, one fabric is  handspun flax and silk on a silk warp. First it was a jacket, after several years it became a blouse and finally a vest.  

this was the back of the vest, it was made up of small pieces and the seams were highlighted with chain stitch. I have left all the finishing details; stitching, crochet and hem stitching on the pieces. And this was the start of the quilt, I’ve left  the basting because possibly I’ll add more stitching – I only said maybe it was finished!  

the fabric cut out for the nine patch became an indigo moon with a sashiko cloud



this piece was the back of a vest, woven and dyed at Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto in 1987 with the stitching  finished in Canada.

impossible to photograph

it is part of my story – of course it’s not finished – the story continues

19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2012 9:41 am

    Your sashiko is absolutely beautiful…I never tire of blue and white.


    • December 7, 2012 9:51 am

      Kristin – I love handstitching, that’s what I started with as a child, I find it very meditative.


      • December 7, 2012 11:34 am

        Me, too. I still prefer sewing by hand instead of machine.


  2. January 30, 2012 3:39 pm

    hear, hear! but the really little ones don’t cover very much…unless you’re a dolly.


  3. January 29, 2012 2:24 pm

    isn’t it lovely when you can take your history and memories and create such a tangible thing? the quilt looks incredible, where will you keep it? at the end of a bed, or on the wall?


    • January 29, 2012 2:45 pm

      the quilt is already on the bed. I don’t like quilts that don’t serve the purpose they were made for, to give comfort.


  4. January 28, 2012 9:55 am

    nice cloth!


    • January 28, 2012 3:21 pm

      thanks everyone for the encouraging comments. It’s a great feeling to have it finished and I’ve put it on the bed.


  5. January 27, 2012 10:55 pm

    Beautiful, I love to look at every pricture and see every patiently stitched detail.
    I am glad that it took you longtime to ‘almost finish’, sometimes I feel guilty about my unfinished projects, about how long it takes doesn’t really matter, does it?


    • January 28, 2012 7:34 am

      Blandina – sometimes the pile of unfinished work makes me anxious but the works is slow by definition and can’t be rushed, besides who decides what is finished?


  6. January 27, 2012 5:11 pm

    Oooh, what a beauty!


  7. January 27, 2012 4:15 am

    Love it so much I would like to unfold, turn it inside out and count every stitches! Hope it’s your show and tell piece!


    • January 27, 2012 8:37 am

      Nat – can’t take the blankie to Japan, it would fill half a suitcase and weighs too much.


  8. January 27, 2012 12:18 am

    totally agree w velma.!did you study at kawashima? now i understand a couple of things 😉


    • January 27, 2012 8:36 am

      Neki – I spent 6 months, living in residence, at Kawashima in 1987. It was a remarkable experience.


  9. arlene permalink
    January 26, 2012 9:10 pm



  10. Lynn permalink
    January 26, 2012 6:41 pm

    Incredibly lovely


  11. January 26, 2012 2:33 pm

    well, jean, this is amazing, and maybe worth a great photo–someone with a good camera and a white wall? or maybe it only needs to be photoed bit by bit…but it’s really beautiful. your hand’s memories.


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