Friday, August 8, 2008

Suzani from Central Asia

I bought this embroidery on eBay, where they called it a Suzani. It is a beautiful central flower with vines coming off it. I have not tested the backing or the fibers, but I think it is silk on cotton. There are two stitches used in the embroidery, chain stitch and packed back stitch, done by hand. I don't think it is newly made, there is some fading in the color between the front and the back.


It hangs in a protected corner of my office; I don't want it to fade any more. It's not symmetrical, more of the flowers in the top half are trimmed with yellow, in the bottom half more are trimmed with blue/green. It is a very elegant textile.

I had a couple of days off of work this week, and had a wonderful time. I went to the Chicago Botanic Gardens with my family. The gardens are breathtaking. I took tons of pictures, they don't do justice to the gorgeous views around every corner. I'm just including a couple of my favorites. There was a display of bonsai in one of the courtyards. They were amazing. This tree is so perfectly proportioned you would think it was hundreds of feet tall without the person (my dad) included for perspective.


This is a walkway between the rose garden and the English gardens. The kids (my grandkids) aren't very far away, but between such towering trees they look so tiny!

lost children

Nothing in the gardens is a "happy accident." Everything is planned and refined... and beautiful! I'm hoping to go back, since we saw a very small section.

I'm happy to announce that my granddaughter was able to take "Isabella" home with her. Isabella was staying with grandma until her new owner could be a "big girl" and that happy event was this past week. This is a picture of Isabella coming out of the box. C got to play with her every time she visited grandma, but now she got to take her home. C. is having a wonderful time with her.

American Girl

Grandma is having fun making doll clothes. Stay tuned for pictures!


Barb said...

You bought a beautiful needlework piece. This is my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed it. Nice pictures of your family.

jude said...

the suzani is wonderful

JLC Studio said...

I love the picture of the kids dwarfed by the trees! And I love that they're holding hands...they're such good friends!

Lelia said...

cannot wait to see the doll clothing : ) beautiful textile you picked up! wow!
My daughter & her friend were at the botanic gardens, too. She said the roses were out-of-site I think she took 300+ pictures