Monday, November 28, 2011

just by being, I'm here

Just by being,
I'm here—
in the snow-fall.
— Kobayashi Issa (1763–1827)

This is a variation on the rose garden pattern (see no. 042). Layered bands of color, each offset from the one underneath, form a blossom effect. No. 42 uses squares on an S8 division, so every other layer aligns. With this temari, I used an S12 division, and each new square rotates one division, so there are three rather than two forming the overall shape. It has a spiral / twisted effect. The center was again free-form herringbone embroidery to connote snowfall.

Medium gray thread wrap; S12 division with dark steel gray perle; embroidery in four shades of gray (dark steel to light pearl), two shades of gray-green, and two shades of gray-brown. The haiku by Issa is in the bell box along with 17 brass rings. Circumference: 10.5 inches / 26.5 cm; diameter: 3.34 inches / 8.4 cm. Completed 27 November 2011 (no. 064).

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