Monday, February 06, 2012

Prayer Flag -Bloom

Bloom is linen with a strip of eco dyed habotai silk.  I used India Flint's hapa-zome technique (flower pounding) on the silk strip and just attached the strip to the prayer flag.  The flower was a pink dianthus, and I think I used vinegar as a post mordant.  At any rate, the pink became mostly lavenders and purples.

I used this one to practice the Cretan stitch.  After embroidering the word "bloom"--it just couldn't support any more embellishment, stitching or otherwise.
I don't like the next prayer flag.  I was working on this flag with nothing in mind and then decided to add the herringbone stitch (last week's TAST stitch) -- but I wasn't pleased with the addition, a kind of trellis made mostly of herringbone stitches.

The words "bloom" and "cultivate" kind of go together, but I also wish I had not used the floral images twice.
I've just read some comments about Cultivate over at Tuesday Stitchers, and although I had decided to just give up on it, I may return to it keeping in mind the suggestions!  :)
Another Chloe-ism:

Ren: What did you learn in school today?
Chloe: We learned that dinosaurs are extinct.
Ren: And what does that mean?
Chloe: It means I can't have one.

I've written about Ren's daughters Chloe and Alison on this post.  Chloe is just so quotable.
She cracks me up!


  1. I like your Bloom!
    Chloe is wonderful!

  2. Yes the white was a surprise, but I like the wild trellis!

  3. Very beautiful stitching with a very lovely scene. Hugs Judy

  4. Suz - Thanks, Suz. Chloe is a riot, isn't she?

    Nancy - I've knocked back the white with some coffee dye and added more stitching to "Cultivate" -- still not crazy about it, but I think it's an improvement.

    Judy - Thanks! I love the process even if I don't always like the result. :)

  5. I love Bloom. How appropriate for the flower pounded imprint, which looks almost embroidered itself. The suggestions for Cultivate were good. I'm curious to see how it finally turns out.

  6. Laurie - The suggestions have made a difference. I still don't like the trellis, but the prayer flag has improved. :)

    I'll post a picture soon!


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