In between squares, I’ve been working on this little table runner, which I finished this morning:
Inspired by the Japanese boro tradition, it’s made from retired and recycled clothing, hand-dyed and overdyed, and all hand stitched. The memories of the fabrics themselves make this feel older than it is. I deliberately water down my dyes to get more muted shades that have a vintage feel, and I usually dye a skein of thread at the same time so that I have coordinating threads that complement the fabrics.
The backing is part of a hand-dyed vintage linen cloth, edged with crocheted lace. I applied small pieces of fabric to the backing and stitched rows of simple running stitch before adding patches of silk and cotton and some extra stitched detail. I’ll be adding it to the shop later today.