Friday, November 25, 2011
Life is about creating yourself.
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
— George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
This was an experiment: the traditional kiku (chrysanthemum) design, however "reversed." Normally the kiku herringbone petal tips are at the poles (top and bottom); this time I stitched it backwards so that those tips are in the center, and the regular herringbone tips are at the poles. I like how it looks around the center — sort of like vines, or ivy, tendrils reaching towards each other. For some reason it was awkward stitching this way, if only that I'm not used to it; next time around I hope that the rows lie more smoothly and closer together at the tips.
Thread wrap in charcoal gray; S16 division with silver metallic; embroidery in medium silver gray, two shades of silver blue, and two shades of dusky lavender. The quote above by George Bernard Shaw is in the bell box along with 7 brass rings. Circumference: 10.625 inches / 27 cm; diameter: 3.38 inches / 8.6 cm. Completed 24 November 2011 (no. 065).
Sold to benefit Kiva.org.