Friday, October 14, 2011
jewels of the night
The stars are the jewels of the night, and perchance surpass anything which day has to show.
— Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)
This was an experiment for me, taking the technique of layered kiku flower / star and working out an arrangement, sizes, placement, color, and so on; the nicest surprise was that because I did not start the inner petals of each star / flower at the same distance from the pole, rather started the smaller one farther from the pole, the inner "negative" space of black thread wrap has a really interesting notched 5-petal flower shape of its own, which reminds me a bit of a cherry blossom. I'd like to experiment more with the effects of shaping the negative space on a temari by choosing where I stitch — akin to white space in graphic design, I suppose.
Black thread wrap; S10 division lines in metallic silver; embroidery in four shades of gray (the lightest is pearl gray, not white), two shades of orange, and two shades of purple. The quote by Henry David Thoreau is in the bell box along with 7 brass rings. Circumference: 10.625 inches / 27 cm; diameter: 3.4 inches / 8.6 cm. Completed 12 October 2011 (no. 044).
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