Thursday, March 29, 2012

a good poem

The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.
— Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

A favorite variation on the traditional 16-petal kiku (chrysanthemum) design — leaving a gap between the first four rows and last three rows of the petals, allowing the thread wrap to show through, for a lacier effect.

Thread wrap in light driftwood brown (sort of silvery-gray); S16 division in #8 perle. Embroidery in navy blue and and three gradated shades of brown. The quote by Thomas is in the bell box along with 17 brass rings. Circumference: 11.125 inches / 27.5 cm; diameter: 3.54 inches / 8.75 cm. Completed 28 March 2012 (no. 106).

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

it's what you see

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
— Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

At each pole of this temari is a five-point kiku herringbone star, with points layered at the equator.

Dark burgundy thread wrap; S10 division in metallic silver. Embroidery in four gradated shades of gray, from slate gray to light pearl. The quote by Thoreau is in the bell box along with 12 brass rings. Circumference: 9.5 inches / 24.3 cm; diameter: 3 inches / 7.7 cm. Completed 21 March 2012 (no. 105).

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105 (left) and 104

i have seen what could be

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
— Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

Two ribbed kiku herringbone stars at each pole, layered.

Eggshell thread wrap; S10 division in matching #8 perle. Embroidery in purple, and four gradated shades of silver green. The quote by Picasso is in the bell box along with 11 brass rings. Circumference: 10.325 inches / 26.5 cm; diameter: 3.3 inches / 8.4 cm. Completed 21 March 2012 (no. 104).

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