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a very small boro

May 23, 2019


it was harder to weave rags than I had anticipated

with all the ends trimmed, washed  and steamed pressed

it is my largest piece so far – 6.5″ x 8.5″ (16.5cm. x 21.6 cm.)

it is a little disconcerting to see all the vertical slits (left unstitched) when held up to the light

but it actually feels very firm and stable

 Kirsten Glasbrook’s tapestries fascinate and inspire me

she creates small tapestries within larger pieces

and surrounds them with all manner of interesting borders

a small corner taken from her book

I’m going to be working on borders

if I lived in Japan I’d be collecting fabrics to stitch a full size boro kimono

meanwhile the backstrap and tapestry looms need to be warped


10 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    May 26, 2019 5:49 pm

    it’s grand. well done, jean!


  2. May 26, 2019 8:28 am

    Really inspired by your work here! I have to check out the book. Thank you for your work-It is Exciting!


    • May 26, 2019 10:08 am

      Lisa – thank you – for all the kind words. I’m new at tapestry and the most difficult part for me is design, there are definite constraints involved in the technique and I have to keep reminding myself to simplify, simplify.


  3. May 24, 2019 3:58 am

    This is my favorite so far! And so “you.” Glasbrook’s work is amazing–the details and the use of color and symbolism–wow!


    • May 24, 2019 8:27 am

      Kerry – it’s my favorite too, I’m working on how to frame it. Glasbrook’s colours are stunning.


  4. May 23, 2019 4:46 pm

    It is beautiful, I have scraps too – and a question…


  5. May 23, 2019 3:47 pm

    It’s just beautiful!
    I have a bag of kimono scraps, but I’m pretty sure they’re all silk, and I think you’ve probably got cotton in mind for your boro. If not, let me know, you’re welcome to have them. They’re mixed, from men’s and women’s kimonos, judging by the designs.


    • May 23, 2019 4:42 pm

      Kate – thank you so much but yes, it is blue and white cotton I have in mind. Maybe, if I go to Japan again anytime soon – it would take a good long time to stitch.

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