|The Design:||As in many of her works, for Samurai lace artist Laura Friesel has used an ancient Japanese theme. The fierce Samurai warrior pledged his life to his master hoping to die in battle defending him. The Samurai understood the fleeting impermanence of life. The cherry blossom symbolizes this concept, being a flower that is blown from the tree in full bloom. The flowers are worked in half stitch using Withof Duchesse technique and the wind is in point ground on a log graph with added beads,|
|The Poem:||Seeing cherry blossoms tossed by the storm
The Samurai knows an honorable death awaits him.
He, too, will not wither before he falls
In glorious service to his master.
|The Materials:||Piper’s Silk Floss
DMC Embroidery Floss
Miyuki 11 Cylinder Beads
|The Dimensions:||Image size: 17.5” x 11” (44.5 cm x 28 cm)
Framed size: 24.5” x 17.75” (61 cm x 45 cm)
|The Technique:||Bobbin Lace dates from the 15th century and employs threads wrapped
around separate bobbins. Using traditional weaving techniques, the lace
maker manipulates each individual thread providing unlimited creative
opportunities in design. Pins support the threads as they are woven together
to create the pattern.