Saturday, September 10, 2011

deep into autumn

deep into autumn
a butterfly sipping there
chrysanthemum dew
— Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694)

A second two layered four-petal kiku herringbone design, like no. 021. I wanted to evoke the colors and patterns of the Japanese Maple tree in autumn.

Medium grayish brown thread wrap; metallic copper for division lines (S8 division); embroidery in wine red and light tan, plus shades of chocolate brown and metallic copper for edging (and the obi). The haiku by Matsuo Bashō is in the bell box along with 16 brass rings (16 is an auspicious number in Japanese history). Circumference: 11 inches / 28 cm; diameter: 3.5 inches / 9 cm. Completed 9 September 2011 (no. 024).

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