What to get for a girl who has everything??? Well, she actually didn't want anything and having decided that instead of presents, friends and family can donate money to a child in need ....but just had to rush out and get some material in her colours...like i don't have enough stash ...but hey it's an excuse to get a few fat quarters!!
Found a vintage button and some felted wool and just tied her initial onto embroidery thread. A token of thanks for friendship... Better go and put my dancing shoes on!!! ...Maro
About a year ago my aunt visited me and handed me a bag. "I thought that you could do something with these", she said. I opened the bag. Inside were my late uncle's ties. I was speechless - which is a rare occasion for me. Some ties were still in a knot and I swear I could even smell his cologne.
It took months for me to begin the project. Initally I untied them and hung them on the design wall where they remained for weeks. I decided that I would begin with the silk ties and leave the woollen ones for a later date.
This quilt was a challenge as these ties were put away 30 years ago . A lot of them were frayed , stained and discolored. I decided that damaged pieces would go (with one exception) and that any stains were to be included in the quilt. The pieces ended up quite small so in order to increase the size of the quilt I added raw silk . My friend Irene quilted it and this is the end result. - Nonie
What a great summer... Inspiration was gained through nature , architecture and different cultures ...starting with Bangkok where temples ,giant Buddahs , markets selling anything and everything were in abundance.I had to go to Jim Thompsons' house which, apart from the expensive silk ranges was, a fantastic example of Thai architecture and was also lucky to see an exhibition there ....the work in the photos is called "Colors of Isan" by Imhathai Suwatthanasilp.Silk remmnants from Jim Thompsons' farm and factory were plaited and created into a flower carpet, showing how a new function can be reborn from the so-called old materials....a traditional patchwork concept...a patchaouri on another level !!!......Maro...will be back with more on OZ another time
The Isan plateau is found in north east Thailand where silk worm rearing is a tradition