Posts Tagged ‘Mokume’

pattern on pattern on pattern…

November 11, 2010

pattern on pattern on pattern

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

We’ll see how all of this works out. Originally the scarf was pole wrapped (arashi) and dyed in indigo. I’ve had it around for a while, so I thought to change things by doing some itajime (board clamping). I liked some of the results, not all, so decided after seeing some of Harada’s work to push it even further.

The image shows mokume over the arashi. Actually, some areas will be in boushi (capping) as well. I’ll dye it over the weekend in Beaufort and I’ll  document more of the results as I go along.

Otherwise, I’ve spent the day packing up off and on. I still can’t decide what to take, apart from the necessities. I don’t want to over do it, as I have a small car and there are 2 of us doing this together. How much is too much?


Burnt Orange

July 24, 2010
Burnt Orange

Burnt Orange Linen napins

UT (Univ. of Tennessee) colors are orange and white.  My brother’s kids were immersed, saturated or inundated with these colors in their growing up (and my brother didn’t go there).  I think it had more to do with one of their granddaddies.


The bridal invitation reflects these colors and I know we’ll be seeing more of them during the celebration weekend.  When I asked what colors I should use for a project, I was told “orange.”  I went with more of a burnt orange as opposed to a tangerine or other intense oranges.  The dye mix did contain orange and on closer examination, it shows in some areas of the fabric.

in progress…

At this point, I’m pulling out threads, the pieces need to be pressed and I’m thinking of adding some stenciling.  If this wasn’t made for fairly practical purposes, I think I would had approached it differently.  This is what happens when I’m in the middle of it – I see things.  There’s opportunity to explore these ideas further in other pieces.  At any rate, this is still in progress obviously…slow cloth.

Aizome Shibori

June 8, 2009


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I enjoy seeing my work displayed as it is meant to be, on a wall or worn by someone. This was just in the Artspace instructor’s exhibit in preparation for the summer arts program there.   I brought it home today as the show ended Saturday.

I’ll be teaching different aspects of shibori to youth for a week long session (3 hrs. daily for 5 days). It should be a challenge and also a time of fun (play) and exploration (not just for the kids, but also for me!).


July 6, 2008


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

Sometimes the intrigue is in the form that’s created before it’s finally dyed. I’ve been stitching on this for over over a week now and finally finished this aspect of it last night. I tend to put my stitches in first, then draw them up (unlike the ladies in Arimatsu). My fingers don’t have the dexterity and the years of training to handle it the way they do (and I am in awe). I’m also reminded that when these ladies work this way, they’re working on long swaths of fabric. My pieces are minute in comparison.

I’ve been playing with a fairly flat piece here, but I’m seeing other possibilities in this form. A part of me wants to forget my original purpose and just leave it. However, there’s also that other result: the memory of all of this recorded in an image on the fabric. I know I’ll love the piece when it’s finished. On Friday, I’ll mix my “brew” and spend the day dyeing in indigo.

Indigo Furoshiki

July 2, 2008


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I like working in mokume (もくめ・ 木目). I tend to use it a lot. There’s a soft organic look to it. I prefer to do it by hand as I feel I get the best results that way, but it’s time-consuming. I’ve only played with it on the sewing machine once and got very different results. I like what I got, but I didn’t think it read as Mokume. I need to try it out with other fabrics and compare the two.

木・もくmoku means wood and 目・め・me means “eye” and the two combine to mean “wood grain” or “grain of wood.”

Scroll down a few images for another take on mokume.

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