Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Mokume Shibori Magnolia Leaf Motif
Ogata san is still stitching like wildfire at 97 and three quarters. We work on projects together. This time we went for a walk and found a few beautiful magnolia trees on the dog walk path.
The magnolia leaves were drawn on with a brush and aobana (disappearing orchid ink).
Then lines were drawn at three and a half centimetre intervals up the length of the cloth and stitched from selvage to selvage jumping over the outline of the leaves.
Ogata san took over for homework and stitched three more rows across between each row. It took a hundred or so hours to sew up the whole thing.
We pulled all the threads through and then wet it, pulled them tighter and tied them off in pairs.
We then dyed it 12 times in strong indigo and opened it up. It was surprising to see some of the nuances of the brush strokes were still visible in the shibori. Someone should convince Ogata san to sashiko stitch the whole piece to a back.... and give it to her indigo teacher for his birthday....or Christmas...or Boys Day...whatever...
On the same day we started this project we simply gathered some maple leaves and stencil pasted over them through a special net I rigged together. The results were quick. The crepe texture of the cloth added visual interest to a pretty mundane technique.
And yes...that is not Momo but the famous shiba ken "Maru". He visited the house yesterday for filming a new program. He was surprised to see that I had one of his books. Thank you Melody and Sana for that present last summer. I never dreamed I would actually meet Maru. Momo was flirting like crazy with him. Poor Geiger....