in which our plucky heroine is pretty happy, with several new projects completed
Kosode and obi - done!! I had some silk double ikat in my drawer of "small pieces of choice fabric" and decided that cutting two four inch strips off one side would be just right for the obi. Stitched up it made a tidy, just under 2" wide, sash.
My first attempt at painting a kai awashe shell. Monkey is one of the Japanese zodiac animals. I've only fifteen clamshells, so am doing a partial set, more as a creative example of a possible variation than an actual historical re-creation... Since the only ones I've seen examples of are fairly modern and much more elaborate, and a complete set consisted of up to 300 matching shells. And instead of using lines of poetry, decided to use the zodiac animals, just because I like them...
unruyu paper (made from kozo fiber, so really strong), which was then applied to the surface of the shell using some matte acrylic medium. This gave the appearance of actually painting on the shells without the danger of possibly screwing up badly enough to waste one of the few shells... The white background blends smoothly into the white of the shell interior, and the gold border is mindful of the other gold leaf I have seen on some of the other kai awashe...
One thing I am really grateful for is tame water. The city pool is "tame water", slightly warm, the water is clear all the way down to the bottom, and the pool is roofed over with a dome, so weather is not an issue. I grew up swimming as a child in LA, so pool water is the norm, and wild outdoor pond water is always a little scary, because not being able to see what is under the water. I am continuing to love going to do water exercise, either in one of the classes, or simply alone during free swim time and doing my physical therapy. I manage to get there almost every day, and hope that the consistent gently increasing effort will help me become stronger, and that the pressure of the water will do nothing but good for my lymphedema
October SMART goals
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||8 stenciled panels||kosode for R||-|
|2||carved yukiwa stamp||-||-|
|3||3 stamped panels||-||-|
|5||a silk obi belt||-||-|
|6||15 kai awashe shells||-||-|
|7||two cotton obi belts||-||-|