Monday, August 02, 2010
A Compass Rose
My surrogate favorite nephew, Carson, has a birthday tomorrow. He is a sailor, so I had been wanting to make him a Mariner's Compass for a while. It is a wee quilt, and I hope it will fit in the cabin of his boat.
I used a paper patchwork method, and, I swear, never will again. My brain just doesn't do upside down and backwards. Every blessed section had to be sewn at least twice.
The pre-loved fabrics are an international lot, variously from South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, and North America. I hand dyed the solid indigo fabrics, and an experiment in arashi shibori forms the background triangles.
I used a Faber-Castell brush marker to draw the fleur-de-lis and other directional symbols. Waterproof, lightfast, Indian ink in an easy to use pen - I love all the colours it comes in. These pens are also good for covering up stitches that show too much.
And Angus, of course, decided that no other comfy resting surface in the house would do for his afternoon grooming session.