Stitching up a storm

It began with a beloved tree banner for a tree that lost its long standing banner during the Royal Show.  Hopefully it went to another beloved tree.  The whim took me one night, so I found some calico gifted by a friend and interfaced it with a handkerchief that had passed the point of no return.

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Pretty soon, I had a banner ready to tie on. The silk thread was dyed a little while back, wrapped around a piece of E Scoparia bark from the very tree this banner is destined to adorn.  Before:

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And here’s the banner!

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Somehow the same night I machine stitched the banner together I decided to finally break out the glorious Japanese indigo dyed cotton thread my beloved brought home from a recent trip to Japan.  With pictures of the master dyer and his family, and of the workshop.  And some hand woven indigo dyed fabric.  Oh my!  It could take me years to decide what to do with it!

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Pretty soon I’d made this panel and started to have all kinds of ideas about what might happen to it next.

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But in the meantime I was keen to make a gift for a friend who had recently given me all the linen, canvas and cotton left from her days in art school.

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It’s lined with part of a raw silk suit a different friend found for me at an op shop.

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Done just in time to see her today!

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And… here is the banner in situ.

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The tree is in the process of shedding bark right now.  And just as beautiful as ever.

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Filed under Craftivism, Leaf prints, Natural dyeing, Neighbourhood pleasures, Sewing

8 responses to “Stitching up a storm

  1. Inspiring work! I particularly love the bag… (now I really have to find me an e scoparia…)


  2. the bag looks like japanese maple trees in mist…ethereal and beautiful.
    Did you remove your “like” button? Or is it some glitch at my end?


    • That is so kind of you! I haven’t turned the like button off, but I have noticed that there were 3 likes last night and none since then. Mysterious! I have checked the settings, turned likes off and on again and saved. Who knows if that will work? Fingers crossed. Thanks for letting me know.

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  3. I was able to “like” your comment, but the overall like – and all the “share” buttons are still missing. Ah, the wonders of technology….
    : (


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