Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Noshi Obsession


I would like to share another piece I've made using the Japanese Noshi design.  This was a pattern I purchased from Fran McMullen of Abundia in Brisbane.  The pattern was for a quilt, but I resized the drawing down to wallhanging size.  The fabrics were all purchased from Fran via mail order swatches/phone consultation.  I have had an ongoing love affair with this noshi design for a long time, not to mention a penchant for navy/putty/rust printed fabrics.

Each pattern piece was reversed, traced onto lightweight fusible vilene, and then ironed to the back of the fabrics.  I cut them out with a small turn allowance, pressed that to the back, tacked it and then tacked it to the background prior to the blind applique.  My goodness, it was a long winded procedure, but I am pleased with the result.  The effect is exactly the same as the needle turn method, just a lot more time consuming!


The background has been quilted by hand using the traditional Sashiko designs, with normal hand quilting thread, not Sashiko thread.  I didn't want that heavy look on my background.  The borders have been simply cross-hatch quilted, wider spacing at the top, closer at the bottom.  I hope the photos give an indication of what has been done.






At the moment I don't have sufficient wall space to hang this piece, but hopefully in my 'town house' [retirement days] I may finally be able to display this along with the blackwork stitched Noshi design I did.

10 comments:

DIAN said...

Linda this piece is really smart looking. I mean that it is so crisp and stylish. It will look good on the walls when you have the opportunity to display it.

Juliettecherry said...

Yes, it is a very interesting piece, well worth the time it took you to do it. I sympathise with the problem of not enough space to hang it!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, Your Japanese wall hanging is truly beautiful. You did a wonderful job of creating it. It sounded very difficult. I will look forward to seeing it on your retirement wall. Hugs Judy

fabriquefantastique said...

well done, very elegant. (I'm still in love with your header)

Radka said...

Beautiful wall hanging, Linda! I love everything about it, the design, fabrics, colours and of course, your perfect stitching:))

Iceni UK said...

Linda, I agree with everyone, it is beautiful and will look wonderful as a wall hanging.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us. Always a pleasure to see your wonderful work.

Jensters said...

Its wonderful Linda, thank you for your comments and my birthday wishes xx

Katherine said...

Stunning Linda! I can see why you love those colours and what an interesting technique to do.

michelle said...

Linda it's wonderful and so beautifully made well done !

shirley said...

Yess Linda, I can only agree with everyone else once more your ability and style shines through your work.