Friday, August 12, 2011

echo star

so clear the sound
echoes to the Big Dipper
the fulling block*
—Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694)

Here is another pattern by Barbara Suess called Echo Star. While the colors are not my palette (the pattern comes as a kit with wrapping thread and embroidery thread, as did Morning Glory and Oliver Twist), the technique of layered stars is filled with possibilities. The Echo Star temari is just over 3.5 inches / 9 cm in diameter (11.25 inches / 29 cm in circumference); the other two are the smaller companion temari (3 inches / 7.5 cm in diameter). The two companion pieces focus on interlocked star and solid layered star embroidery techniques. Completed August 2011 (nos. 011, 012, 013).

*This is the haiku in the bell-box of the large temari. A fulling block (kinuta) was used to pound fabric and bedding to remove creases, making a distinctive sound.

Echo Star, top (pole view)

Echo Star, 3/4 view

Echo Star, side view

Echo Star, detail

Companion temari; interlocked star (left) and solid layered star (right)

Companion temari, another view

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