Wednesday, November 9, 2011

from your own actions — amime-giku

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
— the Dalai Lama
[His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama] (1935– )

This is my first go at the "net" weave, a traditional weave called amime-giku in Japanese. It can be done with one color thread, continuous, or in multiple colors as I have done here, divided into rows. The examples I've seen of this in books have an obi (a wrapped band around the center) but I wanted a continuous woven look. The design starts from each pole and works towards the center; rather than stop and add an obi, I added an extra round to connect the weaving from end to end.

I chose this weave for this quote to evoke the idea of the continuous nature of things, and how all life and all actions are interwoven and interdependent.

Dark moss green thread wrap; S16 division lines in alternating light and dark perle cotton green embroidery thread; embroidery (amime-kiku) in multiple gradated shades of green (light at the poles to dark at the center). The quote by the Dalai Lama is in the bell box along with 7 brass rings. Circumference: 10.75 inches / 27 cm; diameter: 3.42 inches / 8.6 cm. Completed 8 November 2011 (no. 055).

Sold on Etsy to benefit

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