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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ink Blots and Furushiki

Now, how's THAT for an interesting title!? Today was our CQTeers group meeting and Irene and I (Sue & Kym were away) had great fun doing a 'share' session. She does some of the most interesting (and creative) things and I love seeing her work.

Irene was on a trip to Japan last year and learned to make these wonderful bags called Furushiki. They are so very simple to make and are very practical. The 'base' is just a large square of fabric and the whole thing is created with knots. This was the one I made, in a purse-size. I'd like to repeat it and make one twice as big to use as a shoulder bag. I know that it just looks like a blue blob here in the picture, but trust me - it's great! Google the name and I'm sure you can find out more about it. Our theme this month was ink blots or fall. Below are the atcs I made (atc size). The top row reminded me of people, so I scrounged around & found some wee polymer clay faces I'd made a couple of years ago. While I was looking for those, I stumbled onto the brass hands - perfect! The bottom row of blots reminded me of faces and were 'done' when I added some googly eyes I had in my stash. Great fun!
We talked and laughed and ate copious amounts of chocolate, including wonderful chocolate-dipped strawberries...yum!! Thanks Irene for a great day!


  1. Thanks Mary Anne,
    We have been manuring the ground in a raised bed with horse muck which worked ok the first year but perhaps I should have changed the spot or put in more leaf mould. I will definitely take on your ideas, I think I might get a shredder. We had loads of rain, but it hasn't been a good summer temperature wise in the UK. I know that they need a long growing season and I lost the first ones to the dreaded slugs.
    Well I promised you I would tell you what I do with mine. I make a delicious veggie curry. Onions diced squash, sometimes I add either chick peas or kidney beans and I always add some sultanas, for some reason it adds to the sweetness. Served on a bed of white rice, I love it. I only have one little squash this year. My hubby on the other hand has one giant pumpkin but I prefer squash anyday. If the recipe appeals and you try it, do drop by again and let me know what you think. Thanks again Tricia

  2. amazing the things one sees in ink blots -- and so easily transformed with a few embellishments. Great idea :-)

  3. Looks like you had a fun session there Mary Anne. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks chocolate goes well with creative pursuits, LOL. I also like jelly snakes, a little less messy on the fingers. Does require you to leap up and wash your fingers before continuing though, VBG.

  4. I'd like to know how to knot those Japanese bags. I have some nice Japanese scarves that would work really well. My DIL is Japanese so maybe she knows how.

  5. You are a decadent girl---chocolate dipped strawberries.

  6. Anonymous1:57 PM

    So sorry I missed yesterday's session. Love your bag and the inkblots. I guess you will have to wait until next meeting to see my demented interpertations!!
    Mrs Noofy


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