Alas and alack! There will be no more stumpwork for a while as my eyes need a rest. I’m finding it frustrating to keep the work neat and repeated ‘frogging’ doesn’t appeal. I’m sorry to disappoint those who have been so kind in following – It’s still my aim to complete the work.
In the meantime I’d like to share a different sort of embroidery with you.
Last year 3 of my DDs and self were invited ( along with many other groups) to create items for the Johnston Collection.
The work must relate to something in the collection and last year our theme was based on a woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshigi . ‘Sudden shower over Shin Ohashi’. After the 4 month exhibition was over we were invited to show our work at Kimono House, in Melbourne, Australia, between 17th September and 15th October 2016. details in the link.
We had fun making our own Sashiko fabric for a Kimono and fish. One day was spent wrapping the cloth and the next unwrapping, being surprised at the great patterns and rinsing out the excess dye.
We also made temari balls, vellum lanterns and other items that decorated a room within the Johnston home.
The Kimono was the main work and it had a purpose-made macrame net joined to the hem and many fish were ‘netted’ there.
As the Johnston exhibition included something for Christmas, we made a tree of temari. There were almost 200 made and we were all happy to see the last of them. Various thicknesses of strands were wound over polystyrene shapes but at least as many temari were wound from scratch.
I’ll gather more photos to post.