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.