Sunday, October 24, 2010

Yukata Table Runner


I have finally finished this latest Yukata cloth table runner. (This striped Yukata cloth is a type of Japanese fabric that is traditionally used to make men's kimonos. You can see other ones that I have made here and here.)


Despite the fact that it is entirely hand quilted with approximately 7000 stitches, (no, I didn't count them all... I do have a life! I just counted one row and multiplied it by the number of other rows.) ...I am still not sure why it took me soooo long to complete. (I've done more extensive hand quilting on other pieces that seemed to take me a fraction of the time.)


With this one, I felt like no matter how much I stitched on it, there were always lots more rows to go. It began to remind me of some nightmare where the hall you are walking down just keeps getting longer and longer, with no end in sight.


Because it was such a bugaboo, I've decided to keep this one for myself. :0)

P.S. That old scale with it's original weights, was just given to me the other week by my aunt. It had belonged to my Greek immigrant great-grandparents who used it to measure out candy in their confectionary shop in Baltimore, Maryland. Pretty cool, huh?!

26 comments:

Walden said...

Lovely work! I adore the patches.

Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

I tip my hat. One row alone would've done me in. You are a dedicated lady.

I see Ms. Mo! Your new piece looks perfectly at home.

Victoria said...

Yes, dear Mo! I look at her photo everyday, and she still makes me smile! xo

Allie said...

Ah so beautiful - it looks perfect right where it is! Funny, I'm hand-quilting a quilt right now that's giving me the exact same sensation, lol. Beautiful work, Victoria!

connie said...

What a beautiful piece. I just can not imagine doing all that hand quilting but I really like the result. It looks beautiful with your things!!!

Fer said...

What a beautiful piece! Can't blame you for wanting to keep it. :)

Hey Harriet said...

7000 stitches? Far out! It's lovely, and I was intrigued by the scale and weights in the photos. What a score! If you ever wish to part with it let me know :)

nicolette said...

That’s a beautiful piece and you’re right to keep it yourself! Your handquilting is exquisite!

Gina said...

It is beautiful Victoria.

XUE said...

Only 7000 stitches!!!...can't you do more :) .
You are amazing Vic! I cannot imagine stitching that many stitches. And that old scale is super looking too!

patty a. said...

What a beautiful piece! In this case more is better!

knitsteel said...

The scale is a great heirloom and your yukata quilt is fantastic.

dosfishes said...

Very cool scale and nice to have a family memory right in front of you. 7,000 stitches, wow, I give you sooooo much credit. xox Corrine

Nifty Quilts said...

Beautiful table runner! I would keep this for myself too. I always love your work.

Why Not Sew? said...

I'm so glad you kept this one. It is beautiful. I do believe it's my favorite of the set, but that is hard to say because they are all wonderful. I love the scale and the story behind it. The shot of the weights is perfect.

Serena said...

awesome! i love this!

Colleen MacDonald said...

I love handwork, but after a few hundred stitches I need a long break! This would take me SO long to make. I love the way it turned out, and it compliments your "new" scale beautifully!

Diane J. Evans said...

Another beautiful labor of love -- I especially like the setting in which you've photographed this piece. I do so admire your patience and perfection in your hand quilting -- I don't blame you for keeping this one!

Diane

Sarah said...

This is such a gorgeous piece. I love the colours, and of course, you hand quilting. You stitches are truly divine.

Kate said...

A lot of love went into that one - just gorgeous. You're right to keep it to yourself.

Kathryn said...

It's beautiful and I can't imagine how patient you must be! I also want to thank you again for your pojagi tutorial, it is the most clear description on the web. I'm starting a new series using pojagi. It can be so confusing at first, especially when it's all measured!

Shasta said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish! 7,000 stitches definitely would take a lot of patience. The scale is awesome too.

Brandy Yeager said...

Your sweet boodilly dog in the photo really does it for me. :) Nice.

Kim said...

Oh beautiful pieces......love the scarf and what a fabulous idea for the use of this technique.
As always your work inspires me ....love the table runner and it looks just perfect there with a little piece of your family history displayed on top.
Where did you find the lovely stripped Japanese fabric?
And may I ask what is the weight of the thread you are using to hand quilting with across your work quilt?

Happy Sewing!

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh this is lovely - and that scale is AWESOME! The whole setting is beautiful, a perfect little space of peace and prettiness. And my hat is off to you - hand quilting...aaahhhhh! I would go insane! Or wait maybe I'm insane because so many years ago I DID hand quilt! LOL

Joffery Stark said...

Try ikat fabric for making the table runner, it is really great option for decoration either it is wall decoration or furniture decoration. It goes very well with everything.