Little by Little one travels far.

I‘ve been turning over a question in my mind. If I use a piece of fabric in a quilt that was embroidered by another person, does it make it a two person quilt?
I’m using the embroidery as a background fabric base for my project. Is it any different to a hand dyed fabric created at someone else’s hand or indeed the many hands in a factory.?
It’s my final week of travel.    3 months away from home is a very ing time.
I’m becoming restless considering the amount of work I have waiting for me at home and balancing much needed time with the family I’m going to have to be very disciplined.
Inspiration for travel can be instantaneous, but its experiences are ongoing and embed into the process of life’s journey. As JR.R Tolkien  indicated, “Little by little, one travels far” and “The road goes ever on and on.” Each vacation, each journey adds flavor to the mind and heart. And, to quote T.S. Eliot “The journey, not the arrival, matters.”
With that in mind. I will capture the next week with both hands (and the camera) and embrace each day.
Yesterday was a creative day. The piece above was purchased with a project in mind. I had to think on my feet and although I had given it some consideration I had to choose pieces that will fit the genre of my project.
Under these canopies and behind the blue plastic blind is a world of magic, millions of hours of hand work by women who live in villages high in the mountains of Thailand, Laos, Burma and China.

These have been re-worked, just as I’m intending to do in a quilt form.

There are 7 yards of hand appliqué, embroidered panels, machine stitched lines and indigo dyed panels in each skirt. I’ve only chosen one to work with… but I think I need a couple more. (just because).   Most of the pieces below have now joined my stash.
The smaller pieces of cross stitch are gifts for friends.

I bought some old Chinese embroidered pieces, the traditional cross stitch from Laos and the skirts of the Hmong.
This is the skirt I bought, its old and some of the appliqué is faded, but that will add character. I’ve added a photo of the appliqué at the beginning of this blog. I chose it for its color and the intricacy of the panels.
There is an 8″ indigo panel at the top that I will use. Its pleated and gathered tightly with a thick orange thread as you can see. I’ve actually released the cord for easier packing.
This is the back of the appliqué panel, you can see her tiny appliqué stitching.
This is the back of the cross stitch panel… 
I bought this piece of vintage hand woven, indigo dyed hemp. It would have been the top part of one of the skirts. Its 15″ wide and 7 yards long. This picture is the back side of the piece.
This is the front side and you can see the indigo pattern.
Our investigation will go further today we will visit two Textile Museums.
Hopefully I will be armed with more information.
 Sbun-Nga Textile Museum and the Pa Ba Textile Museum which is in a rural  village about 80 ams from from Chiang Mai

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Fran Williams says:

    Ahhhhh!!! The colours!!!!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Repurposed embroideries are usually acknowledged with a statement that states their source in the materials used statement. In nearly all cases the embroiderer is not known so you can’t acknowledge them. I’m just loving all of these posts on Thialand. I never get to see anything like this when I have visited.

    1. pam says:

      Lots to see here Carolyn… I like that, re-purposed embroideries.

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