An old book of stitches

Moving On.

Well I have completed my last Kogin class.  Rather sad about that, but, I know it is time to move on.  I took  my vintage Kogin jacket off the wall and donated it to the Guild Museum Collection.  The high humidity here isn't good for the fabric.  I could have sold it I suppose but I didn't want to do that. 

That left a rather large void on my wall.  I have quite a collection of vintage and antique textiles and decided on another "Guatemalan woven Huipil" to hang in its place.  I love this old design.  At first glance it looks embroidered but it is woven and on a backstrap loom no less.  That cat like motive is interesting.  I have seen that in work I collected from Peru.


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I hung a sash on one end of the rail and a belt on the other.

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The belt is all representative of local fruits and vegetable.  I used it as a hat band.

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The belt has the most amazing tassels at the ends.  They hang down so at first you don't see the colours.

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The shafts are some kind of metal covered with wool.  I'm not sure of their significance.  The ends of the sash has a very, almost modern design motive woven there.

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Whilst deciding what I would hang here I came across a number of antique pieces I have from India and I think that one at least needs to be incorporated into a wall hanging.  That is a project for the future.


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Queenie Patch

It must feel sad and lonely, and probably a bit of a relief, too, to have 'graduated' from teaching Kogin.

I have started a new custom - to change decorations regularly, like every month. Just like we only have Christmas ornaments in December, I decided to use anything with a cherry blossom pattern during the time the trees in Tokyo ar in bloom. So right now I have luncheon mats, chopstick rests, coasters, a quilt, some embroideries, a miniature cherry bonsai (it's for a doll house actually), a blouse, two tea cups... In a week's time these items will be packed away and sent to slumber in a box until next year.
This way, I can enjoy my treasures every year, and by displaying them for such a short time, I never get tired of them.


This is moving on indeed - and in a good way, I think!

Carolyn Foley

Thank you.

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