Friday, April 20, 2018

Kiku sashiko project class

Yesterday the time flew as I taught a fourth sashiko class at Cobblestone Quilts.  Five ladies, each with her own connection to handwork and either a new or a developing interest in sashiko stitching.



We explored this timeless motif - the chrysanthemum - or kiku - which represents long life and rejuvenation or energy.  The Chrysanthemum was adopted by the Imperial Family of Japan as the Imperial Flower and has become a symbol of Japan itself.

We see it everywhere -



I love these vintage bits of indigo katazome (stenciled patterns)  featuring kiku



You can start to see the "fan" appear as the motif gets more simplified:




So when you see something like this, go ahead and think "fan", but know that its origins are in the hearty and elegant chrysanthemum!


A piece like this might be made into a pillow, but a more classic use (lined, or unlined) would be as a furoshiki, or traditional Japanese wrapping cloth.  The braided stems are perfect for this use.






I wish I'd taken more photos!  Isn't it always a balance between being in the moment and documenting the moment...

In other news... this was yesterday morning.  Come on, April, stop with the snow!



x
Cynthia


7 comments:

  1. Wow, thanks for the free lesson. I never even thought about how the fan resembles the chrysanthemum. It makes perfect sense now!

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  2. Interesting! Thanks
    This spring is cray

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  3. I, too, enjoyed this mini lesson.
    We had spring in midwinter, and then had winter in early spring. :)

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  4. It is a small window for entry but you can enter next year. I missed it this year too. are you going?

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  5. I enjoyed your mini lesson too.

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  6. Your supplies didn't get much rest from their journey. Glad to see you sharing your passion.

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  7. Someone will be very lucky to recieve your little quilt. You used some great fabrics representing the time period. Love your binding too.

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