Sunday, April 1, 2012

to see our priorities

We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them.
— John Irving (1942– )

This is a completely experimental temari, an original design that I created with the intent of evoking a rose or rosebud. The top pole (half) features the traditional "rose garden" pattern, stitched in squares on an S16 division with each new square starting one guideline from the last to create a spiral effect. The bottom pole (half) features 4 four-point reverse kiku stars, interlocked, like the bud / closed petals at the base of a flower. This is quite a departure from my usual temari (and temari in general) which are usually symmetrical, whether repeating the same design at the two poles on a simple division, over multiple poles on a combination division (such as six stars on the six poles of a C8 division), or an "all-over" type pattern (like a spiral).

Thread wrap in lilac/lavender; S16 division in #8 perle. Embroidery in many shades of purples, violets, lavenders, and greens. The quote by John Irving is in the bell box along with 9 brass rings. Circumference: 10.25 inches / 26.3 cm; diameter: 3.26 inches / 8.4 cm. Completed 31 March 2012 (no. 107).

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