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hundreds of small stitches

July 7, 2012

it all started with one small stitch but with every seam triple stitched

how many stitches are there?



the front



and the back





I wanted to include all the small samples I brought home from Japan



and the small indigo stencilled pieces from each of the workshop participants 


I’ve discovered that I like to start a bojagi piece with a central image, in this case the sarasa cotton futon piece bought in Tokyo

once I get started the pieces just come together while I find a balance between size and shapes, depth of colour, and patterns


there are scraps from 12  different handwoven fabrics, some with handspun and stencilled

pieces from three old futons, one shibori dyed yukata

mostly indigo dyed with a little kakishibu to blend with the sarasa 


I love this piece, the stitches created a language of their own

it speaks to me deeply

there are still some tiny pieces waiting to speak


18 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth Griffiths permalink
    July 18, 2012 9:12 pm

    This is truly gorgeous! Love the browns with the blue.


    • July 18, 2012 9:38 pm

      hi Ruth – how’s your summer? I’m waiting for some consistent sun to dye with kakishibu – it needs the ultra violet rays to darken. what do you think??


  2. July 10, 2012 10:58 am

    It’s simply gorgeous! And you’ve just given me an idea for a project that I can take with me when I go housesitting for my brother on Bowen. Thank you!


  3. July 10, 2012 2:34 am

    This is beautiful Jean. I am planning something similar but haven’t made a start other than the photo I laid out on my blog! I am so inspired by your cloth, what a lovely collection of memories of Japan. How will you use the cloth do you think?


  4. July 9, 2012 4:29 am

    oohh! and summer means ai, definitely!


  5. July 9, 2012 3:56 am

    jean, a memory cloth of great depth. no wonder you love it. it’s beautiful, rich.


  6. Bryan permalink
    July 9, 2012 2:26 am

    Jean san, your box is in the mail! Maybe it has already arrived. How many hours do you have in a day! Great work. Big Smile.


  7. July 8, 2012 6:11 pm

    gorgeous! the flow of patterns and dispersion of kakishibu is quite nice. it’s a great way to have samples of different techniques at hand, and a lovely finished piece. do you have an idea of where it’s going to go in the house?


  8. July 8, 2012 9:16 am

    This is really lovely. You’ve inspired me to get out my blues and get going!


  9. July 8, 2012 1:27 am

    Jean, this is amazing, so beautiful, a perfect balance of pieces and colours.
    Bt the way: how many hours are there in your day?


    • July 8, 2012 8:04 am

      hi Blandina – how I wish I could squeeze in a couple extra hours, maybe cut back on eating and sleeping?


  10. July 7, 2012 7:01 pm

    Oh! Beautiful!


  11. July 7, 2012 3:02 pm

    It’s really beautiful, Jean. The combination of colour and shape are SO pleasing to the eye.


    • July 7, 2012 3:53 pm

      Myra – Aimee –thanks, it seemed to take forever but I think I’m going to enjoy it for that long and it’s full of memories 🙂


  12. July 7, 2012 2:55 pm

    beautiful and heartening! i love this use of bits. and i’d think it would be thousands of stitches…


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