Wednesday, January 17
Japanese Quilt Block # 3....dragonfly.
This quilt is becoming a bigger challenge than I thought it would be...but I am enjoying it!
This is block # 3, and I hope you can see it.
I drew up this block myself.
It's a dragonfly on a bamboo circle with bamboo leaves, the body of the dragonfly being black fabric is a bit hard to make out on the computer, but it looks better in real life.
I've still to add some more bamboo leaves on the bottom right side of the circle.
The leaves are cut from old silk kimono fabric, they were slippery and so hard to get nice sharp fine points....I might also add another smaller dragonfly inside the circle...I'll see!
Circles have particular meaning in Oriental beliefs.
The circle itself came to symbolize the union of heaven and earth, or the cosmos.
Many family crest motifs were stylized within a circle, and used as stamps in place of signatures written with pen and ink.
The bamboo symbolizes good health, I'm not sure about the dragonfly and what it symbolizes.
A p/work friend lent me this book called 'Circles of the East' .
It's a beautiful book with lots of beautiful quilt designs from ancient family crests
I'm also learning a bit about the Japanese cultures as I go, it's very interesting....