Thursday, September 1, 2011

out of the nest — layered kiku herringbone

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
— Pema Chödrön

The previous temari, a five-petal kiku herringbone (as was no. 17), prepared me for this one: the two layered four-petal kiku herringbone design. Since I'd never done embroidery before beginning temari, looking first at the pattern photographs I had no idea how it would be created. It's actually quite simple — but looks complicated and impressive! I learned this from the book by Barbara Suess.

Light bluish green (I think of it as celadon green) thread wrap; metallic silver for division lines (S8 division); embroidery in matching celadon green, and a green a couple shades darker, plus metallic silver perle and very dark green for edging (and the obi). The quote by Pema Chödrön is in the bell box along with 27 brass rings. Circumference: 11 inches / 28 cm; diameter: 3.5 inches / 9 cm. Completed 31 August 2011 (no. 021).

Pole (top) view.

Obi (equator / side) view.

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