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rags and stitches

December 23, 2014


what isn’t done now isn’t going to get done

P1060157double chocolate banana bread

actually I have to brave the parking lots one more time for last-minute food

P1060137on the last major piece of stitching

I strayed from straight running stitch

and included a rabbit (with full moon behind) leaping over the waves

a much-loved visual rendition of a Japanese legend

P1060145true boro continued to be patched and stitched throughout its lifetime

and probably never was finished with a backing

so these leftover pieces are more like another layer

(have to say I was tempted to stitch these on the machine but resisted the urge)


I left a little “window on the back to enjoy the kantha texture

P1060139and the leftover orange futon cover was quickly cut into rags

P1060148it looks good with the indigo sheeting and white cotton yarn

P1060149it is not quite big enough for a kotatsu cover

is it finished?

I am tempted to stitch a border around it – not very boro!

what do you think?

and so

hope settles quietly over the land

and the light will slowly return

may you all find peace, love, friendship and joy in this season

and throughout the coming new year

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 25, 2014 6:22 am

    All the best to you in the coming year and to your lovely little rabbit. You enrich my life.


    • December 25, 2014 7:10 am

      Alice – every best wish to you and your family. You inspire me to continue trying new things and tangling more threads.


  2. December 24, 2014 3:27 pm

    Ha! Love the rabbit in the waves. Did that originally symbolize fertility in Japan?


    • December 24, 2014 4:17 pm

      Kristin – the legend was originally Chinese and adopted by the Japanese. It is a story about the rabbit travelling from one island to another.


  3. velma bolyard permalink
    December 24, 2014 11:40 am

    beautiful resolution (and almost resolution) to these pieces. a happy holiday to you, and great good wishes. and much love.


    • December 24, 2014 12:23 pm

      Velma – wishing you peace and love at this holiday time – and a new home in the new year. warm hugs and lots of love.


  4. December 24, 2014 9:28 am

    I adore bunnies! That one is perfect. I’m enjoying your orange and indigo projects very much.

    All the best of the Season, Jean, and a very happy and creative New Year! I already got my present, my right hand back in (almost) function. Yay!


    • December 24, 2014 9:54 am

      Louisa – that bunny needs to go on a diet! So glad your hand is healing, so critically necessary. Patience is a virtue! Have a lovely Christmas with the family.


  5. December 24, 2014 7:13 am

    Merry Christmas! Your photos and blog are always a pleasure to read.


  6. December 24, 2014 2:53 am

    It all looks wonderful but I love the rabbit the best! (And maybe the bread . . . ) I hope this season is relaxing and peaceful and inspiring for you!


    • December 24, 2014 7:45 am

      Kerry – have a lovely, relaxing holiday in your beautiful place. The rabbit is hard to resist – and the chocolate bread, too.


  7. December 23, 2014 8:12 pm

    Merry Christmas, Jean…thank you so much for sharing your creativity. I have enjoyed reading your posts this year.


    • December 23, 2014 9:02 pm

      Lorrie – thank you for reading along, sharing is what keeps me blogging. All the best wishes to you and your loved ones.


  8. Judith permalink
    December 23, 2014 7:10 pm

    Merry Christmas Jean. Thank you for the endless inspiration I get from your work
    and your writing. I love your Boro. The rabbit is so lovely!
    I have started my own Boro and it is a joy to work on.
    Best Wishes Judith


    • December 23, 2014 9:05 pm

      Judith – enjoy your boro, I have found it very moving to keep the original stitchers in my thoughts. Happy stitching.


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