Monday, August 29, 2011

temple bell

The temple bell stops.
But the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers.
—Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694)

Another kiku herringbone five-petal flower. For the first time I used straight stitches to secure the obi, rather than a herringbone pattern. I like the "arts & crafts" look of it — I think that has a lot to do with the colors, too.

Thread wrap in black; S10 division in metallic gold; embroidery in dark blue, purple, lavender, pale golden yellow, and a very slightly yellowish off-white. The haiku by Bashō is in the bell box with seven brass rings. Circumference: 10.25 inches / 26 cm; diameter: 3.25 inches / just over 8 cm. Completed 28 August 2011 (no. 021).

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