The Scorpion Seal

My dear friend Suschna invited me to take part in the “Stoffmanipulation in Oktober” fabric manipulation in October. The task was insects. 

I was a long time ago fascinated by the story of Gelgamish and the different interpretations of it. And I remembered this tablet with the scorpion at the root of the two great mountains guarding the rising and setting of the sun. You can read more here

So I started stitching this scorpion. Halfway through I realized: Oh a scorpion does not belong to the family of insects!. It’s still fun finishing it and setting it in front of the mountains i am working on with paper piecing.

The Scorpion Seal

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Nomadic life

I have always had this dream and wish to try out a form of nomadic life. Even in my architectural studies i often discussed modern urban design ideas which could support nomadic life style. I find that it encourages one to get a new perspective of daily life. You go about doing the same chores with different tools in different spaces. Its not the same when traveling on holidays because on holiday you have other routines and plans. By moving within the same city you experience it in a different light. You speak to new people, you go shoping in new but still familiar markets. You drive and walk through new streets and spaces. You have the same rhythm with a little change of position and perspective. Wouldn’t it be great to live like this all the time? When the time comes one packs a few necessary and dear belongings and move on?
Rhythm for me is the repetition of elements, developing a pattern which is always connected with the creation of a new theme.
I spent a week at my parents in the south of Berlin city. I had these thoughts while I was working on the baby quilt i had started from old and new fabrics. I decided on hand sewing the triangle pieces. I wonder which theme it will get in the end?

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The workshop in Bradford

The day in Bradford was very special and inspiring. What stayed with me is to work with stitches and materials like sketching down your ideas and feelings on a piece of paper. Let your rhythm and mood take control of the needle and your choice of stitches. Claire from (http://clarabellacraft.blogspot.co.uk/) had a table full with natural dyed material scraps, threads, books and samples. Most of the threads and cloths were dyed with natural colors done by her. I was drawn to the shades of yellow and gold given by onion skins. We decided that all color combinations worked together successfully because of there natural origins.

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Hand Stitching

I feel more at ease with hand stitching. last Sunday we had our first coming together with the berlin modern quilt guild for this year. It was inspiring and fun as always. We shared new books and magazines as well as working on a small house motive from Kerry. The pieces were so tiny that I decided to go for hand stitching. Me struggling, photos made by Miriam berlinquilter. She was also kind to provide us with templates and tipps.

My last block with hand stitching from “Patchwork Japanische Blöcke“. Its still waiting for the sashiko/quilting.

I am so looking forward to my trip to London next week and to visiting the slow stitching workshop in Bradford with Claire from Clarabellacraft.