One of the things I really love about my job is getting to see some of the beautiful things that customers create with fabrics from the shop. The pieces in today's post are all recent works handstitched by Barb Saunders an accomplished Hobart quilter and textile artist who has been a customer since well before we even had a shop.
This first piece is a tied patchwork cloth based on old patched 'boro' futon covers and also influenced by the wonderful stitching books by Junko Maeda (unfortunately only published in Japanese). Barb has beautifully integrated original old patches and mends with her own stitching and has lifted it and brought it all together with pieces of red and orange and traditional alternating long and short running stitch. My husband Takashi also loved this piece when Barb brought it in and commented that it has 'good balance - not too much - just enough'. The second photo is the reverse side featuring a panel of Barb's sashiko.