Monday, August 27, 2012

temple bell

The temple bell stops.
But the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers.
— Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694)

My second go at the all-over flax/hemp design (asanoha kagari; here is the first). I chose the threadwrap to allude to a brass bell; the colors of the stitching are intended to evoke cherry blossoms.

Thread wrap in dark brass ("rum"). C8 division in #5 chocolae brown perle cotton. Additional stitching in dusty rose pink. The haiku by Bashō is in the bell box along with brass rings that make a quiet traditional rattle. Circumference: 9.75 inches / 25 cm; diameter: 3.1 inches / 7.95 cm. Completed 26 August 2012 (no. 144).

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