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This is finished. I am calling it Karesansui which is Japanese for a dry rock garden. I originally called it Pathways, but since it is going into the Wabi Sabi Japanese garden show, I thought I would give it a Japanese name.

Here are a couple of close-ups:



This piece has some discharging and screen printing done with the same linear screen design. I also discharged some circles. The other section is circles of vintage Japanese fabrics with an overlay of metallic silk organza which has been stitched and cut away to form a pattern. The other fabric is a commercial batik.

This is one of those pieces that I have been working on for a long time. I sort of started it in a class with Charlotte Yde at Art Quilt Tahoe back in November. It has changed quite a bit. I find that the longer it takes me to finish a piece, the less happy I am with it. I’m not sure why.

I checked this site and found out that the pollen count here in Oregon is the highest in the nation. The rest of the country is green, and there is a big orange circle over us. So I guess that is why I had this major sinus attack. I am feeling a bit better, but I am here to tell you, this is one nasty ordeal.

6 Responses to “Karesansui”

  1. Jen Anderson says:

    Gerrie, I love this piece. The thread work is perfect for the design. Jen

  2. Judy says:

    The name is perfect for that piece…and what a lovely piece it is! I really like the narrow strips of fabric, almost piping-like. Stunning!!!
    Glad you continue to feel better. Who knew sinuses could be so horrible?!!!

  3. Reva says:

    I know what you mean about getting tired of pieces you’ve been futzing with for a long time. But it still looks fresh and exciting to me. Congrats on finishing it!

    As for the allergies, everyone I talk to seems to be suffering this week; one long-time Portlander told me it’s the worst she’s ever experienced. Some comfort, huh?

  4. kathy says:

    I really like this. Sorry you are not feeling well.

  5. Kathie says:

    I really like this piece. There is a cleanness and simplicity to it that really appeals to me. How are the edges finished? Looks like a narrow binding??

  6. dee says:

    This turned out beautifully. I love the cut out section and of course the vintage fabric is stunning. Hope you feel better soon-the sinus thing is really sickening-I feel your pain