16 thoughts on “Seamstresses in Fine Art

  1. Wow! Stunning woodblock. Monet’s dining room wall is covered in Japanese woodblocks he collected.

  2. Very interesting..I love that she has her mouth slightly open.. That and good light from outdoors always help you thread a needle! Japanese art is one of my favorites for their great compositions and colors. A woodblock is not easy and this one is so masterful. The fabrics have a prepondance of round motifs. I like that contrast with the railings’ lines. I see her other spools, but what is she going to sew on? Hmmm, the plot thickens……
    ps. our lake is fogged in this morning.. was out taking pictures early…do you do that, photographers? Lori, since you don’t have much to do,( LOL) do you have a photo blog?

  3. ^ LOl at Marta 😀

    This wood block is adorable.
    Threading the needle is probably the hardest part of sewing….. okay and then there are directions, picking fabric, tension, good scissors….
    Happy Saturday

  4. I love the gracefulness of this woodblock print… enough so that I recreated it for applique. See Lori’s FLICKR link on the right to see how it turned out using Kona cotton colors. Imagine what it would be like with oriental scraps from your own stash.
    Please drop me a line if you would like the full sized paper pattern
    at PaperPiecingHeartlandATgmail.com

    • I love the pattern you made.. However, one question,,, would it be appropriate to do her headdress in hand embroidery?

      • Of course embellish the details. I view patterns as a jumping off point for your own interpretation. Broidery perse, appliqued lace, hand embroidery, a bit of art with waterproof pens, or a new hairdo… it seems like any of those ideas would be fun to try.

      • I have tried the broidery perse…and then discovered a book that showed me what I had done !! Thanks for the encouragement..

  5. Whether upper class, or royal, or frontierswoman, and no matter the culture, women have always had sewing chores. I love that we are still doing it. Maybe someone will be looking at us, doing our quilts a couple of centuries in the future.

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