Since I was fairly young I have loved the graphic quality and aesthetics of the Japanese family crests called Kamon. This is my Japanese Family Crest (Kamon) Series.
Using several historic resources I drafted a series of 24 crests. I taught classes in machine applique and machine quilting. During this period I was teaching at the Houston Quilt Festival in the Silk Experience Room so I made these samples using silk fabric and thread. The classes were a success and the students did beautiful work! The patterns are equally beautiful in cotton batiks and with dark backgrounds. I love teaching and would love to teach these techniques to guilds or small groups.
This crest is the Maple Leaf. I hand dyed the leaf fabric with instant set silk dye and used the leaf motif to design the machine quilting.
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The Gingko leaf is a personal favorite of mine. There is something intriguing about the shape, especially in a Japanese family crest.
This is called the Chinese Flower. Beading added nice accents to the flower.
The backgrounds for each of these are similar, so they can be displayed together and have visual similarity in both size and color, with each crest unique in both design and color. It was a fun series to make.
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