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August 7, 2021

50 days and it rained – not a lot but the air smells so-o fresh

a morning walk around the neighbourhood

along the creek

to the end where it disappears under the road

local artist, Anne Hanson, has replaced the art on her fence

and the sign on her sidewalk garden

love the clever signature on the bottom

down the road, an amazing, amusing garden

with a generous offer to take a posie

although a group of deer is generally know as a herd they can also be called a bunch, mob, parcel or rangle

the definition of rangle is ” to range about in an irregular manner – gotta love it!

and so, back to work

searching through old bits and pieces I came across this treasure

linen – warp, weft and picture (e-gasuri) kasuri sett at 28 ends per cm. or approx. 71 epi

it is possibly the most incredible piece of weaving I have ever seen16.5 x 6.5 inches or 34 x 17 cm.

bought at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine market in Kyoto in 1987

the market has been held on the 25th of every month for years and years – it’s a must see if you are in Kyoto at the right time

I use to play hooky to go when I was at Kawashima

I’ve decided to stitch it into a boro hanging scrollchoosing scraps to go with it is difficult, don’t want them to overpower the faded, small pattern kasuri

and now, the sky has cleared, the sun is out and it is back to dry heat

18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2021 4:34 pm

    I’m having more catchup “reading blogs” today. I got behind in a way, because of various things, but now I’ve no excuse as New Zealand has gone into our most severe covid-Delta lockdown and I must stick to my bubble at home.
    It’s lovely to look at all your photos and to dream about the place that you acquired the cloth from in Japan. Here in Auckland there is an Asia Gallery that specialises in many cloth items, Japanese. A lot of my fibre friends make regular trips but so far, that’s not been on my radar – one day…


    • August 20, 2021 11:30 pm

      Catherine – there are no shops anywhere near me that carry any Japanese textiles specifically – saves me money! The Delta variant has made our covid numbers go way up although our vaccination rates are high, there are pockets of populations that refuse to get vaccinated but both the gov’t and large companies are getting tough. This isn’t going away in a hurry. I still only grocery shop once every two weeks, am now allowed to visit a 93 yr. old in the nursing home and don’t go anywhere else. Getting really fed up talking to myself – and the bears.

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      • August 25, 2021 10:59 pm

        One of your issues of talking to yourself and your bears – is something I’ve done for years – ever since my childhood where once I was inside the gate after school or whenever, I saw no one else much. Mother made me play outside with my toys until almost sunset and Dad was already too old to play anything with me. other than later when he taught me the card game “cribbage” which to help with my maths, I still count out in 5s!…I led a very sheltered life – all my siblings were either away at boarding school or all grown up…


      • August 26, 2021 10:46 am

        Catherine – I was brought up as an only child so I understand, but I had lots of cousins nearby. It doesn’t sound like you had a very happy childhood. I hope talking to your bears helped. I played crib as a kid and also solitaire and have never played cards since. Now I’m an old lady living alone and I talk to my bears!

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  2. August 10, 2021 7:28 am

    Beautiful images.


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    August 9, 2021 2:13 am

    Hurray for rain! I love that piece of weaving and my mind boggles at the skill that went into it.


  4. August 9, 2021 12:46 am

    I love the smell in the garden after rain, the epitome of fresh.


  5. August 7, 2021 3:50 pm

    I hope the wettest stuff dropped east of here all those fires could use a break! Lovely incredible … e-gasuri kasuri (?) just astonishing! hello to your Ginkgo, it must be happy for the day of coolth!


    • August 7, 2021 4:54 pm

      Kjerstin – those fires just get worse and worst-er. The pictures are terrifying, I feel so bad for all the people losing everything. E-gasuri is the Japanese for picture kasuri, the k changes to a g for easier pronunciation. I did pay attention in my UVic classes although my professor was from Hokkaido and I don’t think he knew anything about textiles! Oh! I think everything is enjoying the day of coolth.


  6. August 7, 2021 2:43 pm

    I can just imagine how delicious it smells and looks outside just now…


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