Kimono - Revisited is complete!

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Kimono - Revisited is complete!
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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 11:17am

The finished piece is 15" X 18" on 24 ct. pale blue Congress cloth (24 ct), using various ThreadWorX, DMC (cotton, rayon *and* metallic) and Carrie's Creations (Black Cherry) threads and several shades of Kreinik #8 and #12 braid. The color scheme is called "Electric Blue" with the purple is my "spin" on the original thread collection. It was a Shining Needle Society on-line class from John Waddell which started last December 1, 2011.



Now to figure out how to finish it...



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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 1:02pm

It's beautiful!

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Wed, 11-07-2012 - 5:13pm

Wow - I immediately thought of a quilt, then realized you did this with your hands.  My stiff hands wouldn't do so well.  Congrats.

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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 1:30pm

That makes me feel good becasue it's SUPPOSED to look like patchwork! Apparenlty, back in teh day, the Japanese would make new kimonos out of scraps, old kimonos, etc. and that is what this is supposed to "mimic".

It's also a needlepoint sampler of sorts in that there are 130 different "sections) and most of them (not all --- there are probably about a dozen repeated) are different stitches. SO when you throw in stitch vareity, and different tthreads (I used metallics and rayon as well as cotton), you get that textural look as well!

My hands (and eyes) resisted as well --- this is on 24ct, I've never stitched on cngress cloth before, and for some reason, I couldnt find the holes (and had issues with reading teh patterns as well) so I dropped neeles all the time, swore a lot and really began to hate the thing halfway thrugh. Especially the colors (it seems as if this year I'm doing a lot of that shade of peacock blue... and I'm getting sick of it!), but of all the choices, this is the colorway DH picked (I might have opted for a flame colored option or an autumnal option), and for the price, I wanted his "approval" before I even committed.

All teh suggestions for finishing mroe or less require I MAIL the ting to someone I don't know several states away adn that means I'd have to put a lot of trust in a total stranger with all this work so I think I'll just go to my local framer and go the cheaper and simpler way out... Simple mat, simple frame (maybe something Japanesey?), maybe a little deeper like a shadow box, archival glass (maybe --- I hate what it does to color)



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