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not everything is blue

June 27, 2014

colour in the garden

P1050111everything is blooming

P1050109the butterflies love the daphne – is it the scent that attracts them?

in the studio blue predominates

P1050112not perfect – all the time I was stitching this I was thinking “never again”

P1050107stitching finished

it took a long time – then ten dips in the vat

then picking out all the gathering threads!

but I learned several things – that’s good

if you hold the piece up to the light it is easy to see the threads that still need to be removed

and I’ve already started a companion piece!

P1050114the obi is finished – all 5.39 yards ( 4.29 metres)

I’ll practise tying it on my mannequin

17 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2014 5:09 am

    your blog is back in order.
    will check daphnes looking for plants that attract bees and butterflies.
    perfect are machine produced items. handmade shows the maker’s hand in a charming way.


    • June 30, 2014 7:27 am

      Neki – I wasn’t aware of any problems. It must be the Japanese influence that instilled a need for perfection.


  2. June 29, 2014 3:43 am

    Inspirational photos, as always! You’re definitely right that the little imperfections give the work authenticity and warmth–the dyed circle is just gorgeous. And the obi looks wonderful–the inlay is so cool!


  3. Judi Bushby permalink
    June 28, 2014 6:28 pm

    Living your blogposts Jean. So industrious. Wonderful shibori. The obi looks absolutely stunning. So clever.


  4. June 28, 2014 10:24 am

    Your shibori circle doesn’t need to be perfect – it’s beautiful as it is! And your obi is just amazing.


    • June 28, 2014 10:50 am

      Louisa – thanks, I’m a recovering perfectionist which is ridiculous when it is the little inconsistencies, wobbles and even mistakes that are so charming in handmade items.


  5. Alfia permalink
    June 28, 2014 2:01 am

    That indigo circle is totally perfect. And the obi! Wish I could look at it closely and feel in my hands.


    • June 28, 2014 7:42 am

      Alfia- the 3 ply silk noil was wonderful to weave with , gives the obi a nice weight and it is soft and spongy.
      Monike – I really like the effect of the tiny stitches in the shibori.


  6. Monike permalink
    June 27, 2014 10:45 pm

    The obi is gorgeous, and the shibori is inspirational, must do some, thank you


  7. June 27, 2014 10:59 am

    Beautiful indigo moon! I say that about the stitching, too, and then I go and plan another one. lol. I can’t wait to see your obi tied.


    • June 27, 2014 11:03 am

      Kristin – the obi may have to wait awhile. The garden/weeds are growing like crazy, house needs cleaning and I have got myself involved in guild planning for the 2017 ANWG conference. Priorities!!


  8. June 27, 2014 10:08 am

    Oh my, the obi is sensational! And the shibori is worth the time and effort!


    • June 27, 2014 10:18 am

      Heather – I’m reserving judgement on the obi until I attempt tying it. I like the shibori enough to do it again and maybe get a more perfect result.


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