On Saturday, I taught the Japanese Art Quilt Boromono workshop at Broughton Gifford Piecemakers near Bath. In this workshop we make our own version of the vintage Japanese rag patchworks that have become so collectible as 'accidental abstract art'. Unfortunately I forgot the battery charger for the camera, so I didn't get photos of individual quilts, but Diane's husband took a group photo at the end and the quilters have promised me photos of their finished pieces, so hopefully I'll have more pics for a follow up blogpost soon. Click the panorama above to see the photo in more detail. The many different fabric selections included recycled shirts, hand printed/dyed, indigo and rust dyed, antique and modern Japanese indigos, taupes and plains, so each piece was very unique.
Diane sent me this photo with sashiko quilting added to her patchwork, which incorporates some small pieces of antique Japanese fabric, including one with a raw edge patch from it's previous life (the dark square just off centre). She wrote, 'Thanks for your interest in my pieces of old fabrics. I found another hole in one of them - hence the other small triangle stitched on in red. I felt a connection with the person who tacked the other patch on.'
Annie made a very subtle boromono using textured woven Japanese taupe patchwork fabric, including both sides of several fabrics, with stripes and directional fabrics running both vertically and horizontally. The light border makes the central patchwork seem to float on the background.
On the previous Thursday, I visited the South West Embroiderers' Guild and we had a relaxing day with an Introduction to Shonai Sashiko workshop in Plymouth. Again, I didn't manage to get any photos, so I'm hoping they will send me some! :-)