I've been busy over the last couple of months. The talks at the Ashmolean museum for the Threads of Silk and Gold exhibition went well, I had a wonderful time meeting all the visitors and seeing all the pieces again. I feel both proud and privileged to have been a small part in this amazing exhibition. If you've not had chance to see it yet do try and get there, it's on until 27th January.
Stitching the Gold Iris didn't take me very long and after it was off the frame I went back to two designs which had been in he planning stages for a while. One is a joint project which I'll share with you all later in the year when the project is completed. The other was a design inspired by a piece of fabric and some lovely Chinese silks.
In October I framed up the fabric and started work. The Chinese silks do have a bit of a twist to them, not very much but but it seems a lot so someone used to the flat Japanese silk threads. I did some experimenting and decided I didn't like the twist in the thread so I smoothed them out, they still have a bit of a kink but it works. The silk doesn't seem as shiny as the Japanese silk but it could be because the motifs are so small and the colour so dark.
My friends know that I can't resist a nice book!! And in November I treated myself to a couple from www.rikyucha.com - they mainly deal in Chado items, books, utensils, etc, but they do have other things on the site, it's well worth a visit. I'd seen this book on the site before and finally gave in and ordered it. The description says it's a collection of obi and kimono for professional use, I'm not sure what the professional use might be, but the description also says there is a name of a obi manufacturer printed on the back. Perhaps it's a catalogue of their stock?
In any case when it arrived I was so pleased, the designs are very beautiful and it's full of inspiring designs. This one caught my eye immediately.
In the end I've decided not to add gold leaf. I still like the idea but I'll stitch in gold highlights instead and keep the lovely orange tone of the fabric. I've framed up and am off now to put in the first stitches of the new year.
Happy Year of the Snake to you all.