Day 85: Nagare
Today's button is made using the Rozashi stitching technique from Japan. I was sent a beautiful and thoughtful gift when I first injured my thumb, of silk threads, a Japanese book and Rozashi fabric. The very good idea was to get me to do a different type of work without adding strain to my thumb. The name is the Japanese name for the pattern.
The designs are just like our needlepoint florentine stitch / bargello, the difference is the ground fabric. Where we in Europe use an even weave fabric (1/1 or 2/2) that is usually cotton or linen, the Japanese use an incredibly fine silk gauze that has a weave that is more 3 / 1. This means that the single stitch is a longer stitch. It also means it is ever so hard to see! I was sent the tiniest needle in the pack, but in the end I found it easier to use a beading needle. The length made it easier for me.
The threads are a beautiful Japanese silk, all hand dyed, and the mould is a No 3.
Size: 26mm / 1 1⁄16" / 42L