from Journey to Odyssey

Gosh, has it been that long?  The first quilt Journey started here. Further photos from the wayback time machine here on Flickr. And it has been a journey that has developed into an Odyssey. Journey was the original mooncloth.

Sometimes it’s funny to go back and read an old post.  Notice how some things change and others remain the same.  Like how I am still not a quilter.  Blogging for over 10 years now and there are so many posts I still enjoy going back and re-reading- as a reminder. Others not so much- but still a good reminder.

In a much more recent post, I showed you how I was binding the edge of the test mooncloth Under One Moon in a little video. A couple of pics of the semi-finished piece:

This was sent off as a gift with a hope of continuing.  Some thread and a needle included.

Continuing on with the larger one I’m calling Odyssey, I’m realizing how much I like the feel and drape of this cloth in my hands as I stitch on it.  And right now as I head towards Quilt Festival I also realize that about 90%+ of the fabric I see there is not fabric that I would want to hand quilt with. Of course quilting began with the reuse of scraps from clothing and household textiles that lived previous lives and had a softness built into them.  Fabrics now are made for machines with tight weaves, bright colors, and slick finishes.  This makes them harder to push a needle through by hand.  And less desirable to hand quilters. I don’t know how others feel about this but I will be noticing next month at the festival and wondering about it more.

I hope I can get this one finished in time.  Or near to-at least in a way that it can be continued on the road. Late afternoon light…
mooncloth odysseySeems it’s a Nine patch.  Just turned out that way.

And in workshop news… the upcoming indigo workshop at the Japanese American National Museum is going to be a little different.  We will be making some small fermentation vats that folks can take home and continue with.  We will also be using the pre-reduced indigo and doing more shibori.  Perhaps you want to explore doing some more detailed stitched shibori on larger cloth?

Workshop details and registration are on the museum site. Saturday and Sunday October 8-9

all cloth and thread dyed in the fermentation vat.  mostly rescued fabrics. silk and cotton threads.




10 thoughts on “from Journey to Odyssey

    1. shiborigirl Post author

      nice to be stitching! never enough time for it. had to take a break as i sliced a finger making dinner the other night. of course with my best and sharpest knife. no one wants blood on their indigo.


  1. Robyn Ayaz

    I agree with you totally about the feel of new commercial fabrics and hand stitching. Since doing some courses with Jude Hill a few years ago now I have become a hand stitcher, recognising the meditative value of just hand, needle and thread through cloth. I find it hard to buy new cloth now, partly for the feel and partly because I have lost the appetite for it. I have recently got to using a couple of your moons also purchased some years ago! I will be interested to read your comments on the Festival.


    1. shiborigirl Post author

      i wonder if commercial fabric companies will ever think about it that way? it is all so entangled in the selling of so many products to facilitate the use of this fabric. It really has to start with the consumer…


  2. trl710

    I am just catching up with blog posts. I would love to know how you make your stencils? What paper do you use and what is that punching tool?



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