Sunday, September 11, 2011


falling from a blade
of grass, and flying away,
there goes a firefly
— Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694)

I have made several all-over "swirl" stitch temari that all use Barbara Suess's "Oliver Twist" pattern. This time, I took a different approach, using a C10 (combination 10) division and stitching on that. This is the first C10 division I have done; it requires a lot of perfecting and attention to numbers and intersections of division lines. However, the swirl pattern is luckily very forgiving on my imperfect C10.

Golden yellow thread wrap with embroidery in dark pewter gray (that looks dark blue or a little iridescent at times against the thread wrap, nice for the firefly concept I'm tying to convey). The haiku by Matsuo Bashō is in the bell box along with 7 brass rings. Circumference: 9.375 inches / 23.8 cm; diameter: 3 inches / 7.5 cm. Completed 11 September 2011 (no. 025).

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