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the start of something new/old

December 29, 2013

before Christmas, Heather had a give-away on her blog True Stitches

we have been lucky enough to meet in person

Heather definitely has me figured out

this is what she sent me

gifts 162two pieces of worn, faded cotton, sarasa cloth

(my program won’t accept this link – go to the Feb. 02, 2012 entry of for a detailed explanation of sarasa cloth)

a little drawstring bag made from old kimono silk

the Japanese are experts at designing endless warp stripe patterns (shima)

there are entire books on the subject

and a piece of handwoven tsumugi silk with a simple, elegant woven border

gifts 163

I have already started stitching on the cotton

the start of a new bojagi piece – perhaps a kesa this time?

bojagi 106indigo and kakishibu

I like to start with one fabric/pattern and build up around it

thank you, Heather

you have given me the precious gift of inspiration

which will keep me busy well into the new year.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2013 2:39 pm

    This is fascinating–your blog and then Heather’s comment about where the cloth came from–so moving!


  2. Alfia permalink
    December 29, 2013 2:28 pm

    oh, i envy you for those wonderful pieces of cloth…
    and thank you for a link to this really nice True stitches blog !


    • December 29, 2013 3:19 pm

      Alfia – glad you like True Stitches. Heather is a wonderful, creative stitcher – and a lovely person. I am so happy we “met” online and have been able to meet in person.


  3. December 29, 2013 1:45 pm

    Oh Jean, you are so welcome! The cloth had your name on it! But the honour for the inspiration should go to our mutual friend Jean-Pierre, who sent it to me, and his friend, Mrs. Mandu, who gave the cloth to him. It’s a chain of thoughtful gift-giving that extends halfway around the globe.


    • December 29, 2013 1:52 pm

      Heather – all of which makes it more precious. And so it will be my kesa – in the old tradition of many different scraps donated.


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