February 12, 2011

Happy Valentines the BORO Style

For the first time in ages I can say I'm back to the land of living without the nasty flu again. A couple of visits to the doctor and sometime to rest and I would say I'm well again yay! Today I'd like to start on a brighter note to wish you lovely bloggers and friends out there a Happy Valentines Day for Monday! I would like to share LOVE all around this Valentines Day with my readers. Blogging has been fun for me and after 2 years I can happily say I have met and made many wonderful friends through blogging. I'm loving it!
At part of my Contemporary Weaving BORO online workshop with Jude Hill. We were weaving hearts in one form or another, and this is mine to share.

This is my Red Heart I did using scraps silk, satin, velvet and vintage silk for the background. The stitching give such a nice texture to the piece. I must say it took me 20 years of quilting to feel totally comfortable using raw edges. I'm glad to say that I have two quilting lives. One for the traditional and one for contemporary. I'm happy working on both concepts. BORO cloths are totally hand stitched.

Silk Study Tour piece. The best part of my travel always includes projects I take along to work on. We used to be away 6 weeks at a time and in some of those trips I appliquéd enough for a quilt. Sometimes I just take fabric and embroidery threads and do whatever idea I have while travelling. In my next trip with the Silk Study Tour I have prepared a basic SST cloth to take with me. I have already put the moon on there. The moon reminds me of Glennis (Shibori Girl). I will add Sakura (cherry blossom) flowers somewhere on there too. I'm not sure the trees will still be in bloom when we get there. At least I have them here on my cloth!

Another BORO woven piece I did for the class assignment. It was weaving without foundation. I don't have the right frame to use for this assignment, so I used a shoe box as a loom. I called this piece 'Namaste' to remind me of Kathmandu, Nepal where the silk tie came from.

I un-stitched it to open up the tie, and made slits in the large part of the tie. I didn't cut it right through; only as much as I needed. I then used mixed scraps of silk to weave with. I then appliquéd with a Buddha figure I cut out from a scarf and stitched all over it. After that I folded the tie back in shape again. Some people in class suggested I use it as a scarf. It's a lovely, soft piece. The stitching gives it a lovely texture. The stitching on the BORO pieces completes the work. 

I have posted these on the class blog this past week so some of you from there would have seen them already. 

Have a good weekend all where ever you are. 


deanna7trees said...

I do love all these pieces, as you already know. Wishing you a happy valentine's day as well. Will you be hanging your heart outside?

Marydon said...

Just gorgeous, Nat! You are so creative!

Happy Valentine's PS weekend, my precious friend ~

Astrid said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Nat!
Your projects are lovely, as usual! Love the cute hearts.

Suedio said...

Oh Nat, your hearts are gorgeous. Glad you're feeling better, too.

Enjoy your weekend. Sue

Simone de Klerk said...

I love how you did your Red Heart, using so many different materials and techniques. Beautiful, Nat!

ria vogelzang said...

Just love your BORO-style!! What a really cute hearts for Valentine!
Whishing you also lots of love from my part of the world. Blogging is just great!!!
Enjoy your Valentine-day, dear friend!!
Big hug, Ria.

Nedra said...

Sorry to hear you've had such a difficult time getting over the flu. I hope you are feeling back to normal soon.
Love the contemporary Valentine hearts.

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Love the hearts - just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful hearts... there is no end to your creativity...do you ever sleep Natima! I am wondering... I am sure your dreams must be creative too!!...So glad to hear you have now gotten over that nasty flu bug... and Happy Valentine Day wishes to you... Natima.
Love Maxine

Terry said...

Hurray no flu I'm glad for you. Your hearts are beautiful and the tie is great. Did Mr NotJust donate the original?

Silk Study Tour sounds just right for you.
Happy Valantine's Day.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hey Nat welcome back to The Land of the Living!!! You have a lovely Valentine's Day too...we've been up babysitting in ACt!!! Dzintra

Kim said...

Happy Valentines day to you too......since you are a day ahead today is your special day....love the beautiful silk hearts Nat.......you do such lovely and amazing work.....such an inspiration.

Happy Sewing

Janet said...

Happy Valentines day to you and your sweetie Nat. I love your hearts, how clever. Everything you do, traditional or contemporary is wonderful.

Micki said...

Happy Valentine's day to you Nat! Love all the pics as usual of your work!

Vanessa Naranjo said...

First of all... i'm not speak a very well english, i'm from Chile and i speak spanish...
I'm a graphic designer that work in a website about weddings, and looking for inspiration in Internet found your picture about the red hearts. this picture is perfect for the website that i'm are doing... ¿can i use for the website?
My name is Vanessa Naranjo, and you can see my work in www.vanedesign.cl
If you want to write me you can do it at vanedesign@gmail.com
I promess you that i use your picture in a good way :)

Judy Martin said...

The composition of the heart piece is striking.

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