Friday, June 12, 2015

Furoshiki, and peonies

Ta-da - our antique indigo furoshiki panel FINALLY hangs in the living room;).


It involved a trip to Michael's (not my favorite - visual overload) for some bamboo lengths, using a hacksaw for the first time in my life... and making some simple loops with indigo-dyed sashiko thread:

This crest is the one used by David's Japanese ancestors:


I recently wrote about this piece here.  That was back in March and I guess I really procrastinated actually hanging this thing up!


It's about as wabi-sabi as it gets, and I just love it.


Today I also put my sashiko table runner back into the dining room:


And picked some peonies in the garden -


That scroll in the background is by Allan West - a brilliant artist and kindred spirit from our time in Japan - and is another treasure - in it he depicted peonies in a most beautiful way.


Today I also did some quilting, but did not take any photos of that.  More on that soon!

I hope my quilting buddies near and far are heading into a nice weekend!

xo
Cynthia

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  2. Doesn't it feel so good to get a long awaited job done! Lovely and that tabLe runner's looking so lovely and the colour so complements the wood!

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    1. Thank you Camilla - yes you are so right - it's a good feeling to get those nagging things done - good things - I don't know why I tend to put them off!

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  3. That family crest is the same as the Tokugawa's
    Pine plum and bamboo is an auspicious symbol often used as a new years symbol symbolizing constancy(the plum blooming in winter) pine always green and the bamboo straight = integrity.

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  4. All beautiful pieces ~ so lovely to have them in view to remind you of your time in Japan.

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    1. Thanks Jenny. It is amazing how two short years provided a seeming lifetime worth of memories! A challenging but treasured time.

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  5. It is simply beautiful! I love the table runner also. I love to bring peonies into the house. They smell like my Nana did.

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    1. Thank you Wendy! The runner was my culminating project, under the strict and kind tutelage of my sashiko sensei, Kazuko Yoshiura. Petunias were my Grandma's flower. There is something so sweet about Grandmas and flowers.

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  6. That is beautiful and I love the other post about all the meanings behind it!

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