I showed you this piece I had been working on.
A bit of indigo color….
I made this: A Japanese knot bag.
I wanted it to look like a Japanese Boro cloth.
I found the pattern over a year ago here:
by Helen Heath
It was a relatively easy bag to make. I would make it a bit larger
the next time by adding more of a seam around the edge.
I used a coffee can lid that I trimmed down to stiffen the bottom of the bag.
Simply cut out the round circle and cover in a fabric “pillowcase”.
putting the pieces together…
I was thinking about this….
I read this book a while back: Memoirs of a Geisha and was so
moved by it. The author so beautifully and in a detailed way describes
Kyoto and the Geisha.
What I remember about the book is the incredible long suffering of the main
character . You see her as having to overcome great difficulties and persevere.
In the end she is “blessed” or rewarded with true love.
I thought of this book when I was making this bag.
I also thought of this too:
In a day and age where we take things for granted it was not so long ago that fabric was considered “precious”. People in Japan would patch together bits of fabric until they had created a long roll of cloth. There was a saying to never throw away a piece of fabric if it could wrap 3 beans. Once enough cloth was created an offertory bag was made and filled with azuki beans or rice. The bag would then be placed on the altars of Buddhist Temples. I was so touched by this because I consider each little piece of fabric I get to be “precious.” I decided to create my own cloth called: © 3 bean cloth
another one I made…