It was an unusual early February day yesterday. The temperature hit the 50s. It was sunny and beautiful. So much so that I left the oversized slider in my studio open so I could enjoy the balmy air. My dogs clustered on the threshold as one side or the other of it would show too much commitment on their part. I worked at my hooking bench– I hook standing up– barefoot with a mug of hot vanilla milk tucked nearby. And I finally figured how to handle the border of a loosely geometric design.
I’m just gonna say it. I’m super pleased with how this sashiko embroidered pillow came out. Styled after Japanese Boro textiles, works like this make certain that nothing in the studio goes to waste. The smallest scraps prove a useful and artful purpose. For a truly multi-cultural fiber experience, I included the Dala Horse motif as part of the imagery and pattern. The fabrics include antique quilt squares and cottons, recycled denim, and homespun cotton. Bordered and backed with antique European homespun linen, this generous pillow is is filled with the highest quality stuffing I could find.
To see this piece in the shop, click here.
I am fascinated by the primitive. The old and weathered. The patina of life’s wear and tear. The functional side of folk art. Dave and I have designed and made several pull toys together, but this one is an altogether new undertaking. Three dimensional, fiber art, and salvage combined all in one piece. I am just thrilled with the results. While the piece functions spectacularly as a pull toy, due to governmental oversight, I need to tell you it is not a toy. It is for decorative purposes only. Nonetheless, our Primitive Hooked Giraffe Pull Toy has won over our hearts.
More designs to come…
If I have to lie my life on the line to be able to make something square and true, how on earth do I make a respectable quilt that scoffs at longitude and latitude??